National Stalking Awareness Month
6.6 million people experience stalking annually in the US1, and many experience stalking from a current or former intimate partner2. Alongside the National Center for Victims of Crime, countless advocates and concerned members of the public, we're working to change that. Join us this January to raise public awareness about stalking, which is a crime in California and every other state. Everybody deserves to feel safe, respected, and able to maintain personal privacy. Are you ready to be part of the solution? Share the resources below with your communities this month and year-round.
Data, Facts & News:
Promotional Materials & Media Resources:
- Use this Sample News Release as a template, or substitute your local information and statistics, and submit it to your community's newspaper this January.
- Here are some Sample Social Media Updates you can adapt for your social networking sites (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
- For more National Stalking Awareness Month materials, including images, visit http://www.stalkingawarenessmonth.org/promote.
Resources for Advocates & Stalking Victims:
- "Stalking: A Handbook for Victims" -- This handbook provides stalking victims with resources, choice options, safety tips, and stalker information designed to assist victims in regaining control over their lives. Also discussed are the building of criminal and civil cases against stalkers, the use of restraining orders, and victims' rights.
- "Safety Plan Guidelines" -- A tool designed in response to the victim's specific situation that evaluates what the victim is currently experiencing, incorporates the pattern of previous behavior, and examines options that will positively impact victim safety
- Administered by the California Secretary Of State's Office, the Safe At Home Program allows participants to use a free post office box instead of their home address to help them maintain their privacy when receiving first-class mail, registering to vote, getting a drivers license, enrolling a child in school, and more.
- "How to Start and Facilitate a Support Group For Victims of Stalking"-- A guide for victim service providers, volunteers and other concerned community members on how to initiate and run a stalking support group in their agency or community. The guide includes information about designing a support group for stalking victims, recommendations for group membership, tips for facilitators, a sample curriculum, and much more.
- The National Network to End Domestic Violence provides a comprehensive set of Technology Safety resources.
Information about Stalking Laws:
- Criminal Stalking Laws in California
- Civil Stalking Laws in California
- Stalking Laws in Tribal Communities
- Partnership Supported Bills Addressing Stalking: Each of these bills was signed into law in 2014!
Should you need any assistance or additional information, please don't hesitate to contact Jessica Merrill, Communications & Development Director, at (916) 444-7163 x118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2 Stalking Resource Center: Stalking Information: http://www.victimsofcrime.org/our-programs/stalking-resource-center/stalking-information