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Stalking What To Do

Stalking is unpredictable and dangerous. No two stalking situations are alike. There are no guarantees that what works for one person will work for another, yet you can take steps to increase your safety:

  • If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
  • Trust your instincts. Don't downplay the danger. If you feel you are unsafe, you probably are.
  • Take threats seriously. Danger generally is higher when the stalker talks about suicide or murder, or when a victim tries to leave or end the relationship.
  • Contact the VPP hotline, Rape Counseling Services, Marjaree Mason Center, or Fresno County Victim Witness. They can help you devise a safety plan, give you information about local laws, refer you to other services, and weigh options such as seeking a protective order.
  • Develop a safety plan, including things like changing your routine, arranging a place to stay, and having a friend or relative go places with you. Also, decide in advance what to do if the stalker shows up at your home, work, school, or somewhere else. Tell people how they can help you.
  • Don't communicate with the stalker or respond to attempts to contact you.
  • Keep evidence of the stalking. Document everything, including the time, date, and place when the stalker follows you or contacts you. Keep emails, phone messages, letters, or notes. Photograph anything of yours that the stalker damages and any injuries the stalker causes. Ask witnesses to write down what they saw.

{Source: The National Center for Victims of Crime}