Stalking is a traumatic crime that often co-occurs with other forms of victimization and that can affect specific populations in unique ways. Offenders may use stalking as a tactic of abuse or as part of planning to commit another crime, as well as use specific types of violence and victimizations to target a victim as part of a stalking course of conduct. It is important to identify and name stalking when it intersects with other crimes and victimizations because stalking is its own form of violence with its own risks, safety planning needs, and legal responses. Stalkers can be very dangerous, yet too often, stalking goes unrecognized and unaddressed.
The resources below can help service providers and legal professionals recognize these connections to provide more comprehensive responses and more effectively serve stalking victims and hold stalking offenders accountable.