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Harassment and Restraining Orders: Defining Stalking

Last updated 5 years ago

Stalking is a crime of power and control and is often committed by someone the victim knows, whether it is an acquaintance or someone with whom the victim has had a relationship. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in six women and one in 19 men have been stalked at some point in their lives.

According to the Department of Justice, stalking involves conduct toward another person involving repeated “visual or physical proximity, nonconsensual communication, or verbal, written, or implied threats, or a combination thereof, that would cause a reasonable person fear.” Stalking can include sending or leaving the victim unwanted items or presents, following the victim, lying in wait for the victim, defaming the victim’s character, harassing the victim online, and a host of other actions.

Have you been the victim of stalking? Contact an attorney at Moreno Family Law to learn how we can help you recover peace of mind. For information about our services, visit us online or call our San Jose office at (408) 266-9011.


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