What Is Stalking?

The Department of Justice defines stalking as “a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.”

Stalking can include the following behaviors:

  • Repeated, unwanted communications via phone, mail, email, or social media
  • Leaving or sending someone unwanted items, presents, or flowers
  • Following someone
  • Waiting for someone at their school, work, or home
  • Damaging property
  • Threats to harm someone or the people they know
  • Posting and/or spreading rumors in public, on the internet, or by word of mouth

If you or someone you know is being stalked, find out what to do.

Additional Resources

Read Columbia’s definition of stalking

Read more about stalking on the Stalking Resource Center website.

Read more about stalking on the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.