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Note: Some of the following is adapted from material contained within the April, 1999 issue of the Technical Assistance Bulletin distributed by the State of California's Office of Prevention & Victim Services.

California Penal Code Section 646.9 describes a stalker as, "Any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows or harasses another person and who makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear for his or her safety, or the safety of his or her immediate guilty of the crime of staking."

Simply speaking, stalking involves one person's obsessive behavior toward another person, causing that victim to fear for his/her safety. The stalker usually begins his/her stalking behavior with annoying, threatening or obscene telephone calls or written/electronic communications. The stalker's actions, however, can escalate quickly and without provocation! The stalker may ultimately follow the victim of his/her obsession, often staking out the victim's residence and/or workplace. Stalkers are also beginning to use the World Wide Web to harass their victims electronically by posting their names, social security numbers, sending e-mails though relay services in hopes of anonymizing themselves so that their victim will not be able to prove the e-mail's origin, etc.


-Verbal/written threats to hurt, kill or maim


-Irrational violent statements or associations

-Romantic obsession: persistent calls, letters, gifts

-History of violence

-History of several failed and short lived marriages and/or relationships

-Significant personal/family/financial stressors

-History of mental illness

-Persistent physical actions or boundary crossing

-Verbal/written third party harassment and/or threats

-Frequent hang ups at one's residence/place of employment immediately upon arrival


-Desire for power and control

-Obsessive, bizarre delusions, jealousy, anger, and revenge

-Seek to win or maintain the affection of the victim

-Either intense attraction to the victim or extreme hatred

-Socially maladjusted

-Exhibit low self-esteem

-Emotionally immature

-Abuse of alcohol or other drugs

-Criminal record

-Mental illness

-Mirror behavior patterns common in domestic violence cases

-Erratic employment or lack thereof

-Unable to succeed in relationships

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