Sustained Outrage

Stats on stalking

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and our good friends over at the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence have a statewide calendar of events posted here. On Monday, WVCADV team leaders Sue Julian and Tonia Thomas presented Gov. Joe Manchin with a purple tie as he designated October Domestic Violence Awareness Month in West Virginia.

Having recently covered a case that involved stalking, I thought I’d post a link to this fact sheet produced by the Stalking Resource Center. Here are a few of the figures that really jump off the page:

3.4 million Americans are stalked each year, 75 percent by someone they know.

One in nine stalking victims was stalked for more than five years.

Stalking is going high-tech. One in four victims said they were stalked via technology like e-mail or instant messaging, while one in 10 said they had been tracked using a GPS system and one in 12 said they had been monitored via a video or digital camera or a listening device.

Three out of four women who were murdered by an intimate partner were also stalked.