What Can I Do if I am Being Stalked?
1) Safety Planning
Talk to a domestic violence organization for help with safety planning. There are certain things you can do to make yourself safer. The following websites have information and tips that may help you:
2) Ask for a Restraining Order
In Vermont, you can try to get a restraining order against someone who is stalking you or threatening you. Stalking means that the person follows, watches, threatens you or another person, or tampers with your property at least two times and makes you afraid. Stalking includes phone calls, mail, email, comments on social media, faxes and written notes.
The stalker doesn't have to say that they will hurt you or someone in your family. You just have to show that the stalker makes you afraid for your safety or the safety of your family. Or you must show that the stalker causes you significant emotional distress. Your local domestic violence organization may be able to help you file a complaint.
Find your local domestic violence organization.
3) Document and Keep Evidence
- Keep a log with the date and time of any incidents/threats that occur with the stalker. Write down what the stalker did and who saw it happen.
- Report all incidents/threats to the police immediately. Note which officer is in charge of your case and write down the crime reference number if there is one. Ask for a copy of the police report.
- Keep all texts, emails, voicemails, letters, etc. from the stalker. If you can, print out texts and emails and keep them in a safe place.
- Ask any witnesses who saw the stalker’s behavior to write down what they saw. Keep the witnesses’ names and phone numbers in your log.
4) Protect Your Credit
A stalker might try to get your credit card information. If you think the stalker has access or wants access to your credit information, you can call the three main credit bureaus and have them try to prevent your stalker from getting info, from committing fraud, and from stealing your identity. (See Abuse, Stalking & Financial Issues)
There are 3 main credit bureaus:
- Experian: 1-888-690-8086
- Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
- TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289