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Stalking

Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress.

Examples

  • Following you, with or without your knowledge
  • Calling or texting excessively
  • Threatening to hurt you, your friends, family, pets, or themselves
  • Damaging property
  • It can look romantic or non-threatening, like cards, flowers, emails, etc., but if this behavior is unwanted, it could be stalking

Get Help

Develop a Safety Plan.  A safety plan can include such things as changing your routine, arranging a place to stay and talking through scenarios to address encountering the abusive person: what to do if he or she shows up at your work, home, school, etc. Tell the people around you how they can help you if such an event happens - even consider showing them a picture and giving identifying information.

Other things you can do:

  • Trust your instincts. Sometimes you may want to ignore what's happening, or to downplay and minimize the situation. The fact that you are uncomfortable or afraid is enough to take action.
  • Start a log/journal/calendar of stalking behavior. Write down the time, date and place of each incident, if there were any witnesses and what happened.
  • Keep evidence. Save all correspondence: emails, texts, voice mails, letters, notes, social media interactions, etc.  
  • Seek assistance. Contact EWU Student Support and Advocacy in the Student Life Office - 509.359.7924, PUB 320 
  • Contact a 24-hour hotline. Washington State Domestic Violence Hotline 1.800.562.6025 or YWCA 24-hour Crisis Line and Confidential Shelter 509.326.2255

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