This is an annual call to action to recognize and respond to the serious crime of stalking.
There is a real and frighteningly significant connection between stalking and intimate partner violence. In fact, intimate partner stalking is the largest category of all stalking cases. Stalking often co-occurs with intimate partner violence and can be an indicator of other forms of violence. Many abusers use stalking to intimidate and control their victims.
Stalking does not just occur when a person leaves the relationship. Victims are stalked while still in the relationship with a controlling partner, making separation very difficult. Due to many safety
concerns, stalking victims find that they will sometimes need to stay with the controlling, stalking partner to prevent further harm. Stalking after a separation may increase the risk of violence. Victims stalked by violent partners report more separation attempts than partner violence victims who were not stalked.
Any stalking case can escalate into violence. The risk of violence is heightened when the stalker:
• Issues direct threats of violence;
• Expresses jealousy of the victim’s relationships with others
during the relationship; and
• Uses illegal drugs