What is Stalking?

Stalking, defined by the California Penal Code as, "Any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows or harasses another person and who makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear for his or her safety, of his or her immediate family," is very serious. In fact, it is against the law in every state. Types of stalking include, but are not limited to, cyber stalking, continuous and unwanted phone calls and/or messages, physically following a person, and property destruction. The act of stalking can be a person's attempt to make their partner or ex-partner, acquaintance, or stranger feel threatened or in danger. If at first the stalking does not seem to pose a threat, it may escalate over time, often becoming violent. Even if at first there is an absence of threats or serious harm, it still may lead to psychological damage, or physical assault, or even murder.