Information About Stalking

Developed by Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence


What is Stalking?

Generally, stalking is thought of as a pattern of behavior directed at a specific person that would cause a person to feel fear for her/his safety. It does not neces­sarily involve physical contact but can escalate to such behavior. Stalkers can be strangers, acquaintances, friends, family members, or intimate partners.

Stalking can be defined in several ways: by its general meaning; by the criminal statute; and by the Protection from Stalking Act. In Kansas, as in most other states, stalking is a crime. Criminal stalking is engaging in “a course of conduct targeted at a specific person which would cause a reasonable person to fear for such person’s safety or the safety of a member of such person’s immediate family and the targeted person is actually placed in such fear.” K.S.A. 21-3438.

“Stalking” is defined differently for purposes of the Kansas Protection from Stalking Act. Under this Act, “stalking” is the “intentional harassment of another person that places the other person in reasonable fear for that person’s safety.” K.S.A. 60-31a01 et seq. For more information on stalking laws in Kansas or for legal advice, you should seek the assistance of an advocate or attorney.

While this all may sound complicated, the important thing to keep in mind is this: If you believe someone is stalking you, consider seeking help. You could be in physical danger. There are several things you can do to try to increase your safety, some of which will be discussed in this brochure.

Stalking Facts

According to the Stalking Resource Center and recent statistics on stalking occurrences:

  • 3.4 million people over the age of 18 are stalked each year in the United States.
  • 3 in 4 stalking victims are stalked by someone they know.
  • Persons aged 18-24 years experience the highest rate of stalking.
  • 11% of stalking victims have been stalked for 5 years or more.
  • 46% of stalking victims experience at least one unwanted contact per week.
  • 1 in 4 victims report being stalked through the use of some form of technology (such as email or instant messaging).

[Katrina Baum, et al., (2009). “Stalking Victimization in the United States,” (Washington D.C.: BJS, 2009).]

Impact of Stalking Victimization

  • Feeling fear of what the stalker will do.
  • Feeling vulnerable, unsafe, and not knowing who to trust.
  • Feeling anxious, irritable, impatient, or on edge.
  • Feeling stressed, including having trouble concentrating, sleeping or remembering things.
  • Feeling confused, frustrated or isolated because other people don’t understand why you are afraid.

[Stalking Resource Center (2010).

What Can You Do If You Are Being Stalked?

There are no easy answers to this question. First and foremost, you should think about your safety. Here are some other things to consider:

  • Report the stalking to your local law enforcement agency. While officers may not have enough evidence to arrest the stalker, it is important to develop this “official” record of the stalking behavior. If a law enforcement report is made, the information may become public.
  • Trust your instincts and take threats seriously. Don’t downplay the danger. If you feel you are unsafe, you probably are.
  • Don’t communicate with the stalker or respond to attempts to contact you. Instead, let the “system” communicate with him through your attorney, a law enforcement officer, a probation officer, or through a protection order.
  • A protection from stalking order may or may not be effective in ending the stalking. These orders may be most effective if issued when the stalking behavior first begins. They also appear to be most effective in communities where violations of the order are taken very seriously by law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges. If these situations do not apply to you, you may want to consider whether a protection order will help or hurt your situation. Call your local domestic violence/sexual assault program in Kansas (see list) for further information and for a brochure explaining how to get a protection from stalking order.
  • Keep evidence of all stalking behaviors, including the following:
    • Incident log, with date, time, place, witness and description of the incident/s
    • Emails, text, and phone messages
    • Letters or notes
    • Photographs of anything of yours the stalker damaged or injuries caused by the stalker
  • If you believe you may be in danger, develop a safety plan, taking the following into consideration:
    • Contact an advocate. Advocates at sexual and domestic violence programs (see “Kansas Sexual and Domestic Violence Program Map and List” below) can assist you with a safety plan.
    • Think about changing your routine.
    • Keep critical phone numbers and contact information in a safe place.
    • Keep critical documents (such as, immigration documents) in a safe place.
    • Have a friend or relative go places with you.
    • Decide in advance what to do if the stalker shows up at your home, work, school or somewhere else.

[Stalking Resource Center (2010)]

If you are in danger, call 911.

For support, call the sexual and domestic violence pro­gram nearest you (see “Kansas Sexual and Domestic Violence Program Map and List” below), the Kansas Crisis Hotline: 888-END-ABUSE (888-363-2287), or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233).

What Can You Do If Someone You Know Is Being Stalked?

Listen and be supportive. Don’t blame the victim for the crime or for the stalker’s behavior. Remember that every situation is different, and allow the person being stalked to make choices about how to handle it. It might also be helpful for you to find a trusted person to talk to about the situation. Additionally, you may consider taking steps to increase your own safety.

Sexual assault and domestic violence programs may be able to provide you with additional help and information (see “Kansas Sexual and Domestic Violence Program Map and List”). The Stalking Resource Center can also provide you with information on stalking. The web address is http://www.ncvc.org/src/ or you may call 1-800-FYI-CALL (394-2255).


If you are in need of advocacy services and do not find your community listed, call the 24/7 Kansas Crisis Hotline at 1-888-363-2287.

Kansas Sexual and Domestic Violence Program Map and List

Programs are listed below the map, alphabetically by city. You do not have to live in the city where the program is located to use their services. If you are in need of advocacy services and do not find your community listed, call the 24/7 Kansas Crisis Hotline at 1-888-363-2287.


1. Crisis Center of Dodge City

City: Dodge City
Counties Served: Clark, Ford, Gray, Hodgeman, Meade
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: http://dodgecitycrisiscenter.com/
Crisis Hotline Number: 620-225-6510 or 1-866-270-2270

 

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2. Family Life Center Safe House

City: El Dorado
Counties Served: Butler
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: sites.google.com/site/flcsafehouse
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-870-6967 or 316-321-7104

 

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3. SOS, Inc.

City: Emporia
Counties Served: Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Morris, Osage
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.soskansas.com
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-825-1295 or 620-342-1870

 

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4. Family Crisis Services

City: Garden City
Counties Served: Finney, Greeley, Hamilton, Kearny, Lane, Scott, Wichita
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.familycrisisservices.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 620-275-5911

 

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5. Family Crisis Center, Inc.

City: Great Bend
Counties Served: Barber, Barton, Comanche, Edwards, Kiowa, Ness, Pawnee, Pratt, Rush, Stafford
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.familycrisiscntr.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 866-792-1885 or 620-792-1885

 

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6. Options: Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, Inc.

City: Hays
Counties Served: Cheyenne, Decatur, Ellis, Gove, Graham, Logan, Norton, Osborne, Phillips, Rawlins, Rooks, Russell, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Thomas, Trego, Wallace
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.help4abuse.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-794-4624 or 785-625-3055

 

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7. Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center

City: Hutchinson
Counties Served: Harper, Kingman, Reno, Rice
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.sadvchutch.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-701-3630 or 620-663-2522

 

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8. Hope Unlimited

City: Iola
Counties Served: Allen, Anderson, Neosho, Woodson
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.hope-unlimited.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 620-365-7566

 

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9. Friends of Yates - Della Gill/Joyce H. Williams Center

City: Kansas City
Counties Served: Wyandotte
Services: Domestic Violence
Website: www.friendsofyates.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 913-321-0951

 

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10. SAFEHOME

City: Kansas City
Counties Served: Johnson, Miami
Services: Domestic Violence
Website: www.safehome-ks.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 888-432-4300 or 913-262-2868

 

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11. MOCSA

City: Kansas City
Counties Served: Johnson, Miami, Wyandotte
Services: Sexual Assault
Website: www.mocsa.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 913-642-0233 or 816-531-0233

 

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12. Mattie Rhodes Center ¡Si Se Puede!

City: Kansas City
Counties Served: Johnson, Wyandotte
Services: Domestic Violence- therapy, service coordination, legal advocacy, staff speak Spanish
Website: http://www.mattierhodes.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 816-241-3780 (not a crisis line)

 

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13. Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (LGBT services)

City: Kansas City
Counties Served: Johnson, Miami, Wyandotte
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.kcavp.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 816-561-0550

 

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14. The Sexual Trauma and Abuse Care Center

City: Lawrence
Counties Served: Douglas, Franklin, Jefferson
Services: Sexual Assault
Website: http://stacarecenter.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 785-843-8985

 

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15. The Willow Domestic Violence Center

City: Lawrence
Counties Served: Douglas, Franklin, Jefferson
Services: Domestic Violence
Website: www.willowdvcenter.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-770-3030 or 785-843-3333

 

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16. Alliance Against Family Violence

City: Leavenworth
Counties Served: Leavenworth
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.aafv1984.com
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-644-1441 or 913-682-9131

 

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17. LARC/DVS, Inc.

City: Liberal
Counties Served: Grant, Haskell, Morton, Seward, Stanton, Stevens
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.larcdvs.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 888-417-7273 or 620-624-8818

 

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18. The Crisis Center, Inc.

City: Manhattan
Counties Served: Clay, Geary, Marshall, Pottawatomie, Riley
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.thecrisiscenterinc.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-727-2785 or 785-539-2785

 

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19. PBP Nation - Tribal Victims Services Program

City: Mayetta
Counties Served: Tribal Members of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.pbpindiantribe.com/social-services.aspx
Crisis Hotline Number: 866-966-0173 or 785-966-8330

 

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20. Safehope, Inc.

City: Newton
Counties Served: Harvey, Marion, McPherson
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-487-0510 or 316-283-0350

 

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21. Safehouse Crisis Center, Inc.

City: Pittsburg
Counties Served: Bourbon, Cherokee, Crawford, Labette, Linn, Montgomery, Wilson
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.safehousecrisiscenter.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-794-9148 or 620-231-8251

 

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22. Domestic Violence Assoc. of Central Kansas

City: Salina
Counties Served: Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Ottawa, Republic, Saline, Washington
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.dvack.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-874-1499 or 785-827-5862

 

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23. YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment

City: Topeka
Counties Served: Jackson, Shawnee, Wabaunsee
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.ywcatopeka.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 888-822-2983 or 785-354-7927

 

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24. Catholic Charities Harbor House

City: Wichita
Counties Served: Sedgwick
Services: Domestic Violence
Website: www.catholicdioceseofwichita.org/family-stabilization/harbor-house
Crisis Hotline Number: 866-899-5522 or 316-263-6000

 

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25. StepStone

City: Wichita
Counties Served: Sedgwick
Services: Domestic Violence
Website: www.stepstoneks.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 316-265-1611

 

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26. Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center

City: Wichita
Counties Served: Sedgwick
Services: Sexual Assault
Website: www.wichitasac.com
Crisis Hotline Number: 877-927-2248 or 316-263-3002 o español: 316-263-2044

 

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27. Wichita Family Crisis Center

City: Wichita
Counties Served: Sedgwick
Services: Domestic Violence
Website: wichitafamilycrisiscenter.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 316-267-7233

 

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No Accredited Services in this Area

If you are in need of advocacy services in Atchison, Brown, Nemaha, and Doniphan counties call the surrounding advocacy programs or the 24/7 Kansas Crisis Hotline at 1-888-363-2287

No Accredited Services in this Area

If you are in need of advocacy services in Cowley, Chautauqua, Elk, and Sumner counties, call the surrounding advocacy programs or the 24/7 Kansas Crisis Hotline at 1-888-363-2287.

 

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