January is National Stalking Awareness Month

January is National Stalking Awareness Month, National Stalking Awareness Month challenges the nation to fight this dangerous and potentially lethal crime by learning more about it.

What is stalking? According to Louisiana RS 14:40.2, Stalking is the intentional and repeated following or harassing of another person that would cause a reasonable person to feel alarmed or to suffer emotional distress.

Statistics

  • Each year 7.5 million people are stalked in the United States.
  • 76% of intimate partner femicide victims have been stalked by their intimate partner.
  • 89% of femicide victims who had been physically assaulted had also been stalked in the 12 months before their murder.
  • 54% of femicide victims reported stalking to police before they were killed by their stalkers.
  • 1 in 8 employed stalking victims lose time from work as a result of their victimization and more than half lose 5 days of work or more.
  •  1 in 7 stalking victims move as a result of their victimization.

If you are experiencing stalking or need help developing a safety plan you can call the Louisiana Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-888-411-1333 or visit http://lcadv.org/member-programs/. 

Statistics Source: Stalking Resource Center

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