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Stalking

  • Stalking is when someone won’t stop bothering you with unwanted contact or attention
  • Stalking involves behaviour that aims to scare and control you and can be a form of domestic and family violence
  • If you or someone you know is being stalked, you can contact us at DVConnect, or  1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or through online chat

What is stalking?

Stalking happens when someone repeatedly harasses you with unwanted contact or attention. The behaviour is often relentless and can make you feel like you can’t escape. Sometimes other types of abuse are going on at the same time. If this kind of abuse is being used to scare and control you it may be domestic and family violence. 

Stalking can involve a range of behaviour that doesn’t stop when you ask. The harassment may come in the form of:
  • Repeated emails or social media messages
  • Repeated phone calls, text and voicemail messages
  • The person following you to or from your home, workplace, or social activities
  • Notes left at your home, workplace or on your car
  • Unwanted flowers or gifts sent to your home
  • Getting information about you through online searches, the public records, or going through your rubbish
  • Hiring a private investigator to follow you, or discover information about you
  • The person showing up uninvited at your home, work or school
  • The person using social media to track you, bully or intimidate you, or bother you with unwanted attention
  • The person showing up at the same places as you when there is no reason for them to be there

The behaviour may start out seeming friendly but get angrier or even violent over time. Like many other forms of violence, stalking is about control. It scares you into changing your routine and behaviour and stops you from feeling safe.

Stalking can be a form of domestic or family violence. If you or someone you know is experiencing stalking it is OK to ask for help.

 

Who is responsible for stalking?

Stalking can be perpetrated by strangers or people you barely know. It can also happen in any relationship, including with:

  • Boyfriends, girlfriends, partners, husbands or wives
  • Ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriends, ex-partners, ex-husbands or ex-wives
  • Carers or paid support workers
  • Parents, guardians or other family members
  • Adult children
  • Other people you live with or see often, whether inside or outside the home

None of these people has the right to scare and control you with unwanted attention.

Thank you for your help, for everything you have done for me over the last few days. Your services are more than impressive and impeccable for anyone who may be in danger or in need of help of any kind. I may not be here today without your protection and the services you provided me. It is amazing to know there are people out there that give their absolute best to keep others safe, because they can and they care. Before making the call to you I felt too ashamed and far too proud to ask anyone for help. But now I feel strong knowing that I had the courage to put my hand up and ask for help. It saved my life! 

Sarah, Gold Coast

We need your support.

With your donation we can:

  • Provide more emergency transport and accommodation to those escaping violence.
  • Provide more temporary accommodation for pets whose families have escaped violence.
  • Provide more crisis counselling to those who have experienced violence.
  • Educate Queenslanders on how they can help family/friends experiencing violence.