January is National Stalking Awareness Month, a time to focus on a crime that affects millions of victims every year. Stalking is a crime in all 50 states, the U.S. Territories and the District of Columbia, yet many victims underestimate its seriousness and impact. Many victims suffer anxiety, social dysfunction, and severe depression at much higher rates than the general population and stalking is one of the significant risk factors for femicide (homicide of women) in abusive relationships.
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. If you or anyone you know is being stalked please contact the NYPD by calling 911 if in immediate danger or going to your local precinct in non-emergencies.
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