Stalking Awareness Month
As January approaches, which is recognized as Stalking Awareness Month we are reminded of the shocking statistics around stalking. According to the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC): there is a real and frighteningly significant connection between stalking and intimate partner violence. In fact, intimate partner stalking is the largest category of all stalking cases. Stalking often co-occurs with intimate partner violence and can be an indicator of other forms of violence. Many abusers use stalking to intimidate and control their victims.
DID YOU KNOW?
- The majority of stalking victims are stalked by someone they know. Many victims are stalked by a current or former intimate partner, or by an acquaintance.
- 74% of those stalked by a former intimate partner reported violence and/or coercive control during the relationship.
- The average length of partner stalking is approximately 2.2 years (which is longer than the average of just over one year for non-intimate partner cases).
- 81% of women who were stalked by a current or former husband or cohabitating partner were also physically assaulted by that partner.
- 31% of women stalked by an intimate partner were also sexually assaulted.
- 46% of victims experienced one or more violent incidents by their stalker.
- 57% of stalking victims were stalked during the relationship.
- Learn more here & here.
Human Trafficking Prevention Month
January also serves as Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and so we look to the U.S. Department of State for some key tips for individuals to help fight against human trafficking. Anyone can join in the fight against human trafficking. Here are just a few ideas to consider:
- If you are in the United States and believe someone may be a victim of human trafficking, report your suspicions to law enforcement by calling 911 or the 24-hour National Human Trafficking Hotline line at 1-888-373-7888. Trafficking victims, including undocumented individuals, are eligible for services and immigration assistance.
- Volunteer and support anti-trafficking efforts in your community.
- Be well-informed. Set up a web alert to receive current human trafficking news. Become familiar with public awareness materials available from the Department of Health and Human Services or the Department of Homeland Security.
- Work with a local religious community or congregation to help stop trafficking by supporting a victim service provider or spreading awareness of human trafficking.
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