Are you being stalked?
Stalking is a crime in New Hampshire under RSA 633:3-a. According to the law, it is illegal to purposely engage in two or more acts that cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her, or a family member's, safety.
1 in 12 women and 1 in 45 men will be stalked in their lifetime.
Usually, a victim knows their stalker and has some personal history with them.If you are being stalked, it is not your fault. Stalkers often take advantage of this personal connection that they have, using information about where the victim lives and works, family and friends' contact information, and usernames and passwords to monitor the victim's whereabouts, activities, and communications.
There are many forms of stalking. The list includes but is not limited to:
- following a victim;
- showing up at a victim's home, place of work, or homes of family and friends;
- sending harrassing communications;
- reading a victim's mail, email or text messages;
- violating a restraining order or continuing harassing conduct after being warned by law enforcement that the conduct is in violation of stalking laws.
What to do?
Call the police and report the stalking. Call 9-1-1 to reach your local police and report the crime.
Keep a detailed log of the stalking activities: name of stalker (if you know), dates, times, locations, and specifics of stalking actions.
Tell your family, friends, and neighbors about what is going on.
Contact or visit your local crisis center. The crisis center can help you get a restraining order against your stalker, develop a safety plan, and provide you with more resources.
Find more information on how to protect yourself and other resources on our domestic violence page.