Stalking is more than a single act against a person

Domestic violence shouldn't exist in America. It occurs in many forms, from stalking to financially restricting spouses to control them.

Stalking, in particular, is one accusation you could face if you've been accused of domestic violence. Stalking isn't as simple as just following someone for a short time or accidentally running into him ore her at the store.


What is stalking?

Stalking usually includes several factors and acts including following someone, vandalizing his or her property, threatening or harassing the individual repeatedly, going to the person's home or workplace and participating in any act that makes an individual worry about being safe.

Every state's stalking laws are different, but on the whole, there has to be a history of multiple acts before stalking is indicated. For example, if you arrive at the job of someone you know, that doesn't automatically turn you into a stalker. Arriving at his or her place of employment and vandalizing his or her vehicle could, though.

Are there different kinds of stalking?

Yes, there are, although they're treated similarly by law after an accusation. The three types of stalking include simple obsession, love obsession and erotomania. Simple obsessional occurs when the person stalking knows the victim. Love obsessional stalking is when stalkers think they're in love with the person they're following. Erotomania is a type of delusional stalking that typically involves celebrities or others who are out of reach.

An accusation of stalking may offend you, and you have a right to get defensive. Remember that there are multiple ways to defend yourself against these allegations, including showing that you only coincidentally ran into the individual or that you had a legitimate reason for reaching out to the other person. The court wants to know if you are showing a pattern of negative behavior, so showing that you don't is a good way to protect your rights.

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