Stalking Awareness Month
Stalking – it’s scary. It’s real. And it’s a tactic abusers often use.
January is Stalking Awareness Month. Some things you need to know about stalking:
- 3.4 million adults nationwide are stalked each year.
- Only 10% of stalking victims are stalked by a stranger; 30% of victims are stalked by their current or former intimate partner.
- Young people – ages 18 to 24 – experience the highest rate of stalking.
- People who stalk their intimate partners frequently approach their victims, and their behavior escalates quickly.
- Stalkers use weapons to threaten or harm their victims in 1 of every 5 cases.
- Stalking is a crime in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. Territories.
For more statistics, see the fact sheet prepared by the National Center for Victims of Crime and the Stalking Resource Center.
If you or someone you know might be experiencing stalking, check out our stalking page for more information on what steps to take. You can also call our hotline at 1.800.863.9909. And remember – if you are in immediate danger, call 911.