Stalking

Anyone can be a victim of stalking. 

Stalkers may be current or former partners or spouses, a stranger with an obsession for the victim, a person whom the victim rejected when asked for a date, a co-worker, or employer. 

Stalkers intimidate, harass, terrorize, and control victims through various activities. Stalking is not only intrusive and a violation of privacy, it is a crime. Activities often include: following the victim to and from work, school, or social activities; standing near the victim's home; making harassing phone calls; and sending mail, e-mail, and unwanted gifts.

Ways to Protect Yourself if You Believe You're Being Stalked: 

Do not walk alone. Have someone escort you to your destination. 

Vary the times and routes you take to get to work or class or to other frequently visited places. 

Notify your family and friends, and explain the situation to your employer, roommates, etc. so that they are aware. 

Change your telephone number or e-mail address.

If You are a Victim of Stalking, Know the Following: 

Stalking is a crime.

As soon as you are threatened or feel threatened, you should call the police and file a police report. 

Ask the police to document each incident. Documentation will strengthen your case if the offender is charged with stalking in the future. Also, it will alert the police that you may be in danger. 

Do not wait until the offender has completed all the acts necessary to commit the offense of stalking before you tell someone.

Facts 

The National Center for Victims of Crime reports the following: 

  • 80.3% of victims knew or had seen their stalker before. 
  • Stalking incidents lasted on average for 2 months. 
  • 3 in 10 women reported being injured emotionally or psychologically from being stalked. 
  • In 15.3% of incidents, the victim reported that the stalker either threatened to or attempted to harm them. 
  • In 10.3% of incidents, the victim reported that the stalker forced or attempted sexual contact. 
  • Overall, 83.1% of stalking incidents were NOT reported to police or campus law enforcement. 
  • 3.9% sought restraining orders. 
  • 2.9% sought psychological counseling.

Where to Obtain a Restraining Order 

Restraining order packets can be obtained from the following locations:

Butte County Superior Court 
655 Oleander Avenue 
Chico, Ca 95926 
or 
Butte County Superior Court 
1 Court Drive 
Oroville, Ca 95965 
(530) 538-2802

Once the packet is completed it MUST be filed with the above listed Oroville branch of the Butte County Superior Court.

If you need assistance completing the restraining order, you may contact the Community Legal Information Center (CLIC) 
W. Second and Cherry Street 
Chico, Ca 95929-0750 
(530) 898-4354 
http://www.csuchico.edu/clic/