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What Is Stalking?

The term “stalking” means 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. 

How to Get Help for Victims and to Report Stalking

If you are in immediate danger, call 911. Contact your local police department to report stalking and stalking-related incidents and/or threats. OVW does not provide services directly to the general public. Find local help on our map or call the national hotline:

National Center for Victims of Crime
855-4-VICTIM (855-484-2846)

StrongHearts Native Helpline 

Stalking Resources

Visit the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, & Resource Center (SPARC), an OVW-funded project that offers information and resources about stalking and educates justice and victim services professionals on keeping stalking victims safe and holding offenders accountable.

If you’re looking for information that used to be on OVW's website, you can visit OVW's archive.  

Updated November 7, 2023