January is National Stalking
What is a Stalker?
A person who harasses another person, as a
former lover, a famousperson, etc., in an
aggressive, often threatening and illegal
What should you do if you're stalked?
If you feel you have been a victim of stalking, you should seek a Stalking Order.
Stalking Orders if granted, make it to where a stalker cannot come near your place of
work, school, or home. The stalker isn't able to communicate with you verbally, mail,
messaging, social media, or through another person. They also loose the privilege of
owning or being near any firearms. Keep in mind, at the time the stalker receives the
petition against him/her, they can become more dangerous then they were before.
Please visit Crook County Family Violence and Sexual Assault Services for safety
planning. This isn't to deter you from getting a Stalking Order, but your safety is the
What to expect when filing a Stalking Order
If you decide a Stalking Order is right for you, you can file for it either at the Crook
County Court House or with our agency: Crook County Family Violence and Sexual
Assault Services. We will assist you in completing the paperwork, which includes the
petition, and information on how those papers will be served to the DEFENDANT (Stalker).
Once you have completed the Stalking Order paperwork, we will then go with you to
file it at the courthouse. A judge will read our request and let you know whether your
Stalking order has been granted the
same day you file.
If your Stalking Order is granted by the judge, the DEFENDANT will be served with
the same paperwork. The DEFENDANT must then strictly follow what has been
ordered in the Stalking Order. If the DEFENDANT breaks the order in any way, you
MUST contact the Police or Sheriff’s Department immediately to report that you have
an active Stalking Order and that has just been violated. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT
THAT YOU REPORT ALL Stalking Order VIOLATIONS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT,
otherwise the paperwork can not help protect you.
Signs of Stalking
- Waits around your workplace, school, or home
- Observes you
- Repeated unwanted phone calls or social media messages
- Giving unwanted/inappropriate gifts
- Using social media to follow you
- Acting violently or threatening towards you
- Too much unwanted contact
- Ignores you when asked for them to leave you alone