January is National Stalking Awareness Month

National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM) serves as an annual call to action to recognize and respond to the serious crime of stalking [2]

Each year, SHARPP works with many individuals who express concern about being stalked. Stalking and online/cyber stalking is a series of actions that make you feel afraid or in danger. Stalking is real. It can happen to anyone. It’s dangerous. It’s a crime. 

Every January, SHARPP strives to educate our community on the signs and effects of stalking. Throughout this awareness month we hold educational events, guest speakers, and share related articles, stories, and information on our social media platforms (@UNHSHARPP) relevant to stalking. If you're interested in learning more or participating in our awareness month- check out our social media pages to stay updated. Find out more about our upcoming events!

Statistics

6.6 million people were stalked in 1 year in the US

  • An estimated 6-7.5 million people are stalked in a one year period in the United States [1]
  • People aged 18-24 have the highest rate of stalking victimization [3]
  • A stalker can be someone you know well or not at all. However, the majority of stalking victims are stalked by someone they know- often times, by a current or former intimate partner [3] 
  • More than 1 in 4 stalking victims reported some form of technology was used [4]
  • 1 in 8 employed stalking victims lose time from work as a result of their victimization and more than half lose 5 days of work or more [4]
  • 1 in 7 stalking victims have to move as a result of their victimization [4]
  • Almost 1/3 of stalkers have stalked before [5]

More Statistics & Information on Stalking

Know the signs of a stalker 

  • Repeatedly call and text you, including hang-ups 
  • Follow you and show up wherever you are
  • Send unwanted gifts, letters, cards, or e-mails
  • Damage your home, car, or other property
  • Monitor your phone calls, computer use, or social media account
  • Hack into your social media accounts or email
  • Use technology, like hidden cameras or global positioning systems (GPS), to track where you go
  • Drive by or hang out at your apartment/residence hall, outside your classroom or at your work
  • Threaten to hurt you, your family, friends or pets
  • Find out about you by using public records or online search services, hiring private investigators, going through your garbage, or contacting your friends, classmates, family, neighbors, or co-workers
  • Other actions that control or frighten you. 

Campus Support

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 [6]. There are many services on campus that are here to offer you support. UNH Psychological and Counseling Services provides individualized counseling, Health & Wellness provides medical services, and wellness counseling & coaching.

If you or someone you know is a victim of stalking SHARPP is an available resource to you. 

Off Campus Support

New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence (NHCADSV)
Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN)
Stalking Prevention, Awareness, & Resource Center (SPARC)
Stalking Resource Center (SRC)

Stalking in the Media

Learn more about how stalking is portrayed in movies and TV shows with this video by Pop Culture Detective.
Interested in reading more about the impact of the media's depiction of stalking on our own interpretations/feelings around this form of violence? Check out the below articles!

Citations:
1 The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2015 Data Brief. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

2 Stalking Prevention, Awareness, & Resource Center (2021).
3 Catalano, S., Smith, E., Snyder, H. & Rand, M. (2009). Bureau of Justice Statistics selected findings: Female victims of violence. Retrieved from bjs. gov/content/pub/pdf/fvv.pdf
4 Katrina Baum et al., “Stalking Victimization in the United States,” (Washington, DC: Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2009).
5 Kris Mohandie et al.,“The RECON Typology of Stalking: Reliability and Validity Based upon a Large Sample of North American Stalkers,” Journal of Forensic Sciences, 51, no. 1 (2006).
6 Eric Blauuw et al., “The Toll of Stalking,” Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 17, no. 1 (2002):50-63.