While legal definitions of stalking vary from one jurisdiction to another, a good working definition of stalking is “a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear”. A few facts about stalking*:

  • The majority of stalking victims are stalked by someone they know.
  • 66% of female victims and 41% of male victims of stalking are stalked by a current or former intimate partner.
  • Women are nearly 3 times more likely to be stalked than men.
  • The majority of stalkers are male.
  • More than half of female victims and more than one-third of male victims were stalked before the age of 25.
  • 11% of stalking victims have been stalked for 5 years or more.
  • 2/3 of stalkers pursue their victims at least once per week, many daily, using more than one method.
  • 78% of stalkers use more than one means of approach.
  • Almost 1/3 of stalkers have stalked before.

Stalking is serious, often violent, and can escalate over time. Some survivors find it useful to fill out a Stalking Incident Log to track individual incidents for a period of time. If you have questions about using this log, please contact RSVP Center staff at

If you think you are being stalked, please call 911, the RSVP Center, True North (formerly The Shelter) or the National Stalking Resource Center hotline: 1-800-FYI-CALL.

“Are You Being Stalked?” Brochure (English)
Stalking Fact Sheet (English / Spanish)

Click here for a list of online resources regarding stalking

For Residential Life staff:
Click to download: National Stalking Awareness Month Bulletin Board

Katrina Baum et al., “Stalking Victimization in the United States,” (Washington, DC: Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2009).
Michele Black, et al., “The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Summary Report,” (Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011).
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).