Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Stalking Awareness Month

Stalking Awareness Month

This news release is published in partnership with the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence 

   Jan. 4, 2012 - This year's theme-"Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It."-challenges the nation to fight this dangerous crime by learning more about it.

    Stalking is a crime in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, yet many victims and criminal justice professionals underestimate its seriousness and impact. In one of five cases, stalkers use weapons to harm or threaten victims,  and stalking is one of the significant risk factors for femicide (homicide of women) in abusive relationships.  

    Victims suffer anxiety, social dysfunction, and severe depression at much higher rates than the general population, and many lose time from work or have to move as a result of their victimization.

    Stalking is difficult to recognize, investigate, and prosecute. Unlike other crimes, stalking is not a single, easily identifiable crime but a series of acts, a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause that person fear. Stalking may take many forms, such as assaults, threats, vandalism, burglary, or animal abuse, as well as unwanted cards, calls, gifts, or visits. One in four victims reports that the stalker uses technology, such as computers, global positioning system devices, or hidden cameras, to track the victim's daily activities.  Stalkers fit no standard psychological profile, and many stalkers follow their victims from one jurisdiction to another, making it difficult for authorities to investigate and prosecute their crimes.

    "Many stalking behaviors, in and of themselves, are not criminal. It is only when they are viewed in the entire course of conduct that the crime of stalking can become clear," said Kelly Miller, Executive Director of the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (Idaho Coalition). "Communities that understand stalking, however, can support victims and combat the crime."

    "If more people learn to recognize stalking, we have a better chance to protect victims and prevent tragedies."

    The Idaho Coalition encourages advocacy programs, law enforcement, mental health professionals, health care worker, attorneys, and all allies working with victims to join in on a series of webinars on stalking and how we can work together as a community to increase safety for victims and hold offenders accountable.   

    "Know it. Name it. Stop it." webinar series include:


Stalking: Know It
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
10 a.m. MST
Learn about the incidence, prevalence, and lethality of stalking.

Stalking: Name It
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
10 a.m. MST
Learn about the link between stalking and domestic violence, the link between stalking and sexual assault, and stalkers' patterns of behaviors.

Stalking: Stop It
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
10 a.m. MST
Learn about the impact of stalking on victims, the use of stalking logs to document the crime, and the importance of safety planning with victims.

    To register for the stalking awareness webinar series, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/STALKINGWEBINAR. 

    For more information about the webinar series, contact Jennifer Landhuis at jennifer@engagingvoices.org or call 1-208-384-0419, ext. 303.

    For additional resources to help promote National Stalking Awareness Month, please visit www.stalkingawarenessmonth.org.