Though millions of people are stalked every year in the United States, the crime of stalking is often misunderstood, minimized, and/or ignored.
Stalking is a pattern of behavior directed at a specific person that causes fear. Many stalking victims experience being followed, approached and/or threatened – including through technology. Stalking is a terrifying and psychologically harmful crime in its own right, but it is also a predictor of potentially lethal violence: 1 in 5 stalkers use weapons to threaten or harm victims, and stalking triples the risk of intimate partner homicide.
We all have a role to play in identifying stalking, and supporting victims and survivors. This January, to commemorate National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM), our friends at the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC) are once again sharing facts and insights on social media to help you learn more about stalking and find out how to promote change in your community. Find them on Instagram and Twitter, @followuslegally, and head to their NSAM webpage: https://www.stalkingawareness.org/stalking-awareness-month-2022/.
Join us for a NSAM webinar!
NCALL and SPARC are hosting a webinar on January 25 that examines stalking in the context of elder abuse – its prevalence, dynamics, implications, and resources available for survivors. This webinar will feature NCALL’s Justice System Coordinator, Ann E. Laatsch, J.D., and SPARC’s Training and Awareness Specialist, Dana Fleitman, M.A.Ed.H.D..
Webinar: Stalking and Older Adults: An Overview
January 25, 2021 | 1:00 pm CT
Watch the webinar recording and download the slides.