What is stalking?

Stalking is an unwanted contact that communicates a direct or indirect threat and that causes the victim to fear for his/her safety and/or the safety of family members. Stalking affects people of all identities, and can occur within any community.

Unwanted contact can include:

  • following or surveillance
  • inappropriate approaches and confrontations
  • appearing at a place of work or residence
  • unwanted phone calls, letters, or e-mail
  • threats to victim's family and friends
  • unwanted or threatening gifts
  • damage to property
  • physical assault
  • sexual assault

Did you know?

  • 1 in 12 women and 1 in 45 men will be stalked in their lifetime (Tjaden Report, NVAW Survey, 1998).
  • 60% of female victims and 30% of male victims are stalked by an intimate partner (current/former spouse, cohabitant, boyfriend or girlfriend). (Ibid).
  • In a 1997 survey of college women, 13% had been stalked during the current school year. (NCWSV,1997).

What to do if you are being stalked

  • If you are being stalked and are in immediate danger, call 911.
  • Call a 24 hour hotline for free and confidential safety planning and counseling.
  • Keep a record of the incidents, including the date, time, place, event, and witnesses.

How to get help:

5 college resources:

  • Mount Holyoke College: Campus Police @ 413-538-2304
  • Amherst College: 24 hour hotline @ 413-542-7916
  • Hampshire College: Community Health @ 413-559-5743
  • Smith College: Campus Police @ 413-585-2499; X800
  • UMass Amherst: Everywoman's Center. 24 hour hotline 413-545-0800. Toll free: 888-337-0800.
  • (V/TTY 8:00-5:00 Monday-Friday).

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