Stalking is a repeated pattern or course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a person to feel fear.
Stalking may happen in the context of a relationship or could be perpetrated by someone the victim or survivor does not know, although this most commonly occurs between previous partners. Regardless, if the action(s) make you feel unsafe, it could be stalking.
Examples of stalking may include:
- Following someone
- Watching from afar
- Continuous phone calls or texts
- Showing up to someone's house, school or work
- Delivering unwanted items or gifts
- Using other people to make contact
Cyberstalking is using the Internet, email, social media or other electronic communications to harass someone. Examples of cyberstalking include:
- Sending unwanted, frightening, or obscene emails, texts, or direct messages on social media
- Tracking your computer, GPS & internet use
- Sending electronic viruses
- Pretending to be you in online spaces
If you believe you are being stalked, please view our What to do if… page.