Stalking is defined as any unwanted, repeated, and continuing contact which directly or indirectly causes a person to feel threatened, harassed, or intimidated.
Stalking is serious, often violent, and can escalate over time. Stalking is a crime under the laws in all 50 states.
Stalkers can be former partners, friends, co-workers, or strangers. An individual is never responsible for a stalker’s behavior.
Some things stalkers do:
- Follow you and show up wherever you are.
- Send unwanted gifts, letters, cards, or emails.
- Damage your home, car, or other property.
- Monitor your phone calls, computer use, or social media accounts.
- Use technology, like hidden cameras or GPS, to track where you go.
- Drive by or hang out at your home, school, or work.
- Threaten to hurt you, your family, friends, or pets.
- Contacting friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers.
- Posting information or spreading rumors about you on the Internet, in a public place, or by word of mouth.
If you are being stalked, you may:
- Feel fear of what the stalker will do.
- Feel vulnerable, unsafe, and not know who to trust.
- Feel anxious, irritable, impatient, or on edge.
- Feel depressed, hopeless, overwhelmed, tearful, or angry.
- Feel confused, frustrated, or isolated because other people don’t understand why you are afraid.
Things you can do if you are being stalked:
- If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
- Trust your instincts about what you feel is happening to you.
- Do not communicate with the stalker if they contact you.
- Talk to someone you trust.
- Connect with an advocate and make a safety plan.
- Keep evidence of the stalking.
- Report to the police.
- Seek supportive counseling.
- Consider getting a court order.
If you have obtained an Order for Victim Protection that includes a UW location(s), please:
- Consider connecting with a UW Advocate. See contact information below.
- Provide a copy of the order to the UW Police Department. Call the non-emergency dispatch number 206-685-UWPD (206-685-8973) to arrange to speak to a UW police officer in person to discuss the specific details of the order.
- If you would like additional support report the situation to us at 206-685-SAFE (206-685-7233)
SafeCampus is the central reporting office if you are concerned for yourself or a friend. We have trained specialists who will take your call, connect you with resources, and put safety measures in place to reduce the chances of violence occurring. We are available 24/7.
UW Police Department (UWPD)
- Emergency calls: 911
- Non-emergency calls: 206-685-UWPD (206-685-8973)
Provides emergency response to violent incidents and direct threats of harm to persons or property. The UWPD also provides Crime Prevention services designed to assist in identifying problems and intervening to prevent violence.
UWPD Victim Advocate (available to UW community)
The Victim Advocate works with faculty, staff, and students on a variety of safety concerns, including dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. She provides planning for personal safety and information about resources, protection orders, reporting options, and navigating the criminal justice system.
Health and Wellness Advocate (available to UW students)
The H&W Advocate works with students affected by sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. The H&W Advocate meets with students to offer support and guide them through their rights, options, and resources.
UW Counseling Center (available to UW students)
The UW Counseling Center supports students in all aspects of their development, providing personal and career counseling, study skills assistance, and other services to those currently enrolled. The Center is ready to respond to students in crisis situations. Consultations with faculty, staff, and parents who have concerns about a student are also available.
Hall Health Mental Health Clinic (available to UW community)
Hall Health Mental Health Clinic provides mental health services to students, faculty and staff, including assessments; individual, couple, family and group therapy; medication evaluation and management; and referrals when appropriate to other campus or community resources.
UW Human Resources Consultants (available to faculty and staff)
Your department’s assigned HR Consultant can help you with information about leave eligibility use, planning time away from work for legal reasons etc.
UW CareLink (available to benefits-eligible faculty and staff)
- TTY/TDD: 877-334-0489
The UW CareLink program offers short-term confidential counseling services for faculty and staff at no cost. Master’s-level counselors are available to take your call, any time day or night.