What is Stalking?
Stalking is a pattern of behavior directed at a specific person that causes a person to feel fear. Stalking can take many forms, including: following, continuously contacting, animal abuse and vandalizing.
- There are over 7 million victims of stalking each year in the U.S.1
- Most victims are stalked by someone they know.2
- Stalking is one of the significant risk factors for homicide of women in abusive relationships.3
- Kansas averages just under 5000 Protection from Stalking Order filings each year.4
- 46% of stalking victims experience at least one unwanted contact per week.5
- 11% of stalking victims have been stalked for 5 years or more.5
- 29% of stalking victims fear the stalking will never stop.6
- 1 in 8 employed stalking victims lose time from work as a result of their victimization.6
- 1 in 7 stalking victims move as a result of their victimization.6
You Can Help
- Believe victims.
- Refer victims to 888-END-ABUSE (888-363-2287) and the sexual or domestic violence organization serving your community.
- Learn more about stalking and share information with others.
- Donate time or resources to your local sexual or domestic violence organization.
Kansas Crisis Hotline
1 Michele C. Black et al., “The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2010 Summary Report,” (Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011).
2 Kansas Bureau of Investigation, “Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Rape in Kansas As Reported by Law Enforcement Agencies, 2014.”
3 Jacquelyn C. Campbell et al., “Risk Factors for Femicide in Abusive Relationships: Results from a Multi-site Case Control Study,” American Journal of Public Health 93 (2003): 7.
4 Kansas Bureau of Investigation, “Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Rape in Kansas As Reported by Law Enforcement Agencies, 2014.”
5 Katrina Baum et al., “Stalking Victimization in the United States,” (Washington DC: Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2009)
6 Eric Blauuw et al., “The Toll of Stalking,” Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 17, no. 1 (2002): 50-63.