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National Stalking Awareness Month

A 2010 national study found that 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men will be stalked in their lifetime. While stalking occurs across the lifespan, research indicates that approximately 10% of stalking victims are ages 50 – 64 and 4% are age 65 or older. Most stalking victims know their offenders. For older stalking victims, the offender may be current or former intimate partner, a relative, or an acquaintance, such as a current or former care giver. Victims of stalking in later life face unique challenges, including lack of dedicated services for stalking victims and lack of recognition of stalking among providers of services to older adults.

The History of National Stalking Awareness Month

In January 2004, the National Center for Victims of Crime launched National Stalking Awareness
Month (NSAM) to increase the public’s understanding of the crime of stalking. NSAM emerged from
the work of the Stalking Resource Center, a National Center program funded by the Office on Violence
Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, to raise awareness about stalking and help develop and
implement multidisciplinary responses to the crime.

RESOURCES

The National Stalking Awareness Month website (www.stalkingawarenessmonth.org), launched in January 2009, provides a wealth of information about the crime and about the nationwide observance. Take an interactive quiz or download fact sheets, guides, and posters. 

The site also features downloadable artwork for buttons and magnets and offers events ideas and media tools to build your knowledge. Information about NSAM is also available on Facebook and Twitter. Both sites have generated great interest and sharing about how communities throughout the country observe NSAM.

Recognizing and Responding to Stalking of Older Adults webinar 
NCALL and the Stalking Resource Center hosted a 60-minute webinar for advocates, attorneys, and other practitioners who work with elder adults that may be at risk for stalking. To view the webinar, please go to: www.wcadv.net/Webinars/1-27-16_SRC_NCALL.m4v

The Stalking Resource Center provides training that is victim-centered, research informed, and practice based. Stalking Resource Center staff are available to participate in training events sponsored by practitioners on the local, state, and national level.  For more information, please visit: http://www.victimsofcrime.org/our-programs/stalking-resource-center/training