Stalking Services & Information

Family Resource     Center • 24-hour Hotline: 1-800-613-6145  •     Business Office: 276.625.0219

 

Stalking Services


   Services are available to assist victims of stalking. Call our 24-hour hotline at 800.613.6145 to talk to someone about your situation.


Stalking Facts


    According to findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey, eight percent of women and two percent of men in the United States have been stalked in their lifetime.

    Stalking is a complex crime. It can turn a victim’s life upside down. Stalking can begin with a few unwanted phone calls or notes, but often it grows into a persistent, invasive, and often dangerous and deadly crime.

    The prevalence of anxiety, insomnia, social dysfunction, and severe depression is much higher among stalking victims than the general population, especially if the stalking involves being followed or having one’s property destroyed.

    There is help available. Supportive services and safety planning are available to stalking victims. You don’t have to go through this alone.


Ten things you need to know about stalking:

  1. 1.Stalking is a crime.Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that places a reasonable person in fear for her or his safety. It is against the law in every state. Stalking across state lines or in federal territories is illegal under federal law.

  2. 2.Many people are stalked.1 in 12 twelve women and 1 in 45 men will be stalked in their lifetimes.1.4 million people are stalked every year in the United States.

  3. 3.Stalking can be very dangerous. 76 percent of women killed by their intimate partners were stalked by these partners before they were killed. All stalkers should be considered unpredictable and very dangerous.

  4. 4.Stalking is harmful and intrusive.Stalking victims often lose time from work or never return to work, and some even relocate to regain a sense of safety. Many suffer from anxiety, insomnia, and severe depression as a result of being stalked.

  5. 5.Anyone can be stalked— not just celebrities.The vast majority of stalking victims are ordinary people. Furthermore, most stalkers are not strangers, but are known by their victim.

  6. 6.Stalking can occur during a relationship, after a relationship, or in the relationship. Stalking often begins during a relationship. Stalkers may keep the victim under surveillance or threaten her or him. Others begin stalking after the victim has ended the relationship, and the stalker feels desperate to maintain or regain control. Still others become fixated on a victim without ever having had any relationship with the person. All forms of stalking are unpredictable, and all should be considered dangerous.

  7. 7. Technology can be used to stalk. Although newly-developed technology enhances our lives, it can also empower criminals. Cell phones, computers, and surveillance equipment are just some of the technologies stalkers now use.

  8. 8.An effective response to stalking includes the entire community. Police, prosecutors, advocates, educators, reporters, neighbors … everyone can and should play a part in stopping stalking. Working together, we can make victims safer.

  9. 9.You can make a difference.Visit www.ncvc.org/src to learn more about stalking and how to fight it. Contact the Family Resource Center at 800.613.6145 to find out how you can increase awareness in your community.

  10. 10. Help is available. If you or someone you know is being stalked, call 1-800-613-6145 for assistance.




    


January is Stalking Awareness Month

Every year, FRC works to raise the community’s awareness about the issues of stalking. If you’d like to help us in these efforts, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 276.625.0219.



Family Resource Center, Inc.
P.O. Box 612 • Wytheville, VA 24382
Administrative Office: 276.625.0219
24-Hour Hotline: 800-613-6145
Wytheville: 228-3522 • Galax: 236-0364 • Marion: 782-1608
 

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