Every situation is different; so there are no set guidelines, however, consider the following:
- Communicate to the stalker that you do not want any contact with him/her.
- Report to your local law enforcement agency that you are a victim of stalking, whether or not you plan to file formal charges.
- Build your case against the stalker by providing the police with any of all of the following:
- Documentation (personal journal) of the stalker's activities.
- Taped recordings of threatening telephone calls.
- Videotape of stalker's actions.
- Basic identifying information, i.e., license plate number, make of car, personal appearance.
- List of contacts with the stalker, including time, place, what was said, letters received, etc.
You may also bring civil action against your stalker. This allows you to sue him/her for any damage they have done or emotional harm caused.
As a victim, your best weapon against stalkers is the local law enforcement agency. They are a means of protection as well as a source for referrals. However, it is also important to have support from your friends and/or family during this emotionally distressing event.
Stalking Victim's Hotline: 517-543-3775