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 working with a Victim Advocate. See contact information below.
- Provide a copy of the order to the local Police Department and to UW Bothell Security and Campus Safety.
- If you would like additional support report the situation to us at 425-352-SAFE (425-352-7233).
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 Bothell CARE Team
- Submit an online CARE report https://uwb-advocate.symplicity.com/care_report/
The UW Bothell CARE Team is a confidential resource for the entire campus community when there are concerns about a student’s well-being. Our purpose is to provide proactive and supportive consultation, assessment, response, and education regarding students who may be at risk or in distress. The CARE team will respond within one business day.
UWPD Victim Advocate
The Victim Advocate works with staff, faculty and students affected by sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. The Victim Advocate meets with individuals to offer support and guide them through their rights, options, and resources.
UW Bothell Security and Campus Safety
- Emergency calls: 911
- Emergency line for security: 425-352-5222
- Non-emergency calls: 425-352-5359
Provides emergency response to violent incidents and direct threats of harm to persons or property. UW Bothell Security and Campus Safety also provides Crime Prevention services designed to assist in identifying problems and intervening to prevent violence.
UW Bothell Counseling Services (available to UW students)
UW Bothell Counseling Services provides confidential, short-term, personal counseling, free-of-charge, to currently-enrolled UW Bothell students. Students utilize counseling services for a wide range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and adjustment issues.
UW Human Resources
Employees can contact your department’s assigned HR Consultant for assistance and advice on dealing with workplace behavior or performance concerns.
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.