How to Help a Friend

If someone you know is being stalked....

The most important way you can help is by showing support, such as by listening and not blaming the victim for the stalker's inappropriate behaviors. When supporting your friend, remember that the situation is complex, and that you are there to help your friend to make his or her own decisions in order to resolve the problem. Another way to help the victim is to find stalking resources that you both can use to discover more solutions and to ensure the safety of the victim.

Stalking can have a serious effect on your friend, such as increased anxiety, insomnia, and severe depression. At least 30 percent of female and 20 percent of male stalking victims seek counseling for these symptoms. It may be appropriate to recommend counseling to your friend, and even to help him or her locate a counselor with whom you both feel safe.

Stalking Resources

The Stalking Resource Center is a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime. Their dual mission is to raise national awareness of stalking and to encourage the development and implementation of multidisciplinary responses to stalking in local communities across the country.

Important Numbers and Resources

Safe Place on campus: (530) 898–3030

Counseling and Wellness Center: (530) 898–6345

CSU, Chico Police: (530) 898–5555
(Emergency on campus dial 9–911)

For assistance with obtaining a restraining order, contact the CSU, Chico Community Legal Information Center (CLIC) at (530) 898-4354.