If You Or Someone You Know Is Being Stalked
Stalking is serious, often violent, and can escalate over time.
You have the option to contact law enforcement or connect with a community-based
program by typing in your zip code to find a program near you.
What are my options?
The following options may be useful to you in trying to enhance your safety. Please consider which suggestions may work for you in your unique circumstances:
- Work with your local shelter or victim services program to develop a safety plan.
- Notify police.
- Engage in no further communication with the stalker.
- Keep a log of every stalking incident including the date, time, what happened, and the names and phone numbers of any witnesses. Click here for the documentation log.
- Be aware that your cell phone and computer may be monitored by the stalker.
- Change your normal daily routine.
- Screen all phone calls but keep in mind that caller ID can be falsified.
- Save all text messages, voicemails, and emails from the stalker.
- Tell your family, friends, and neighbors that you are being stalked.
- Know that if the stalker is an intimate partner, you may be eligible for a civil protection order under Idaho Law.
How To Help Someone Who Is Being Stalked
Remember that every situation is different, and allow the person being stalked to make choices about how to handle it. Here are some suggestions for you to consider:
- Listen. If someone says they are being stalked, believe them.
- Do not blame your friend for the crime.
- Show support.
- Do not respond to the stalker in any way.
- Advise your friend to document everything. You can also document any incidences of stalking that you witness. A sample documentation log can be found here.
- Do not give any information out about your friend, no matter what the stalker may say.
- Offer to accompany your friend to places so she/he does not have to be alone.
- Refer your friend to a local shelter or victim service program.