January is recognized as National Stalking Awareness Month. Each year, it is estimated that around 7.5 million individuals are stalked in the United States. At the Center for Survivors, we often see stalking within the realms of intimate partner violence. Many victims of domestic violence may also be victims of stalking, especially when attempting to leave the relationship.
Stalking can occur in various forms and is steadily increasing with the formation of vast technological communication advances (i.e. apps, texting, e-mailing, messaging through social media sites, etc.). According to the Stalking Resource Center, the majority of stalking victims are stalked by someone they know– with 61% of female stalking victims and 44% of male stalking victims reported being stalked by a current or former intimate partner. For more information on stalking, please contact us at 402-564-2155.