A crime in the state of Georgia, stalking is 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 May Include:
- Repeatedly showing up at the home, place of employment or other places the victim frequents
- Continuously calling and sending messages to the victim after they have been asked to cease contact
- Damaging the victim’s home, car or property
- Threatening to hurt the victim’s loved ones or pets
- Using technology to track or monitor the victim’s whereabouts and activities
Ignoring a perpetrator can be difficult, so oftentimes a victim will try to reason with or even threaten the person harassing them. However, these methods rarely work and can actually encourage the contact. The behavior of stalkers is unpredictable, which is what makes them so dangerous. Still, as a victim, you have the power over your own response.
In order to protect your personal safety, it is important to take steps toward harm prevention. At liveSAFE Resources, you can work with one of our trained advocates in creating a stalking safety plan. This is a tool specifically designed for you based on what you have experienced. It is a combination of suggestions and responses that will reduce your risk of harm, such as changing your routine, improving your phone and online security, and keeping a log of the occurrences.