DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND STALKING
Stalking behavior is often seen in domestic violence. Stalking is a crime in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Territories.
The definition of stalking may vary by jurisdiction but it generally refers to repeated harassing or threatening behavior directed at a person to cause fear. Often it is used to gain power and control.
Stalking behaviors include:
- sending the victim unwanted present
- following or laying in wait for the victim
- damaging or threatening to damage the victim's property
- appearing at a victim's home or place of business
**30% of stalking victims are stalked by a current or former intimate partner
**Stalking fact sheet. (2009, June). Retrieved from http://victimsofcrime.org/library/crime-information-and-statistics/stalking.