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Knowledge and understanding may help prevent stalking: Domestic violence intervention

Jeff McDonald

January is National Stalking Awareness Month...

Support The Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Knowledge and understanding can go a long way toward reducing the consequences of domestic violence. Education is a key step toward reducing the number of women, children, and others affected by domestic abuse. There are many forms that domestic violence takes, including stalking.

Stalking...what is stalking?

The term "stalking" may be interpreted in many different ways depending on the individual you talk to, whether that person is a lawyer, police officer, victim advocate, or a victim. Generally, stalking refers to activities that include:

  1. Any behaviors that a reasonable person would deem alarming, harassing, irritating, terrorizing, frightening, malevolent, or otherwise ill-intended that are carried out repeatedly.
  2. Obsessive behavior and harassment directed at another person in an intimate relationship including surveillance.
  3. Implied or implicit threats to ones safety, health, or well-being.
  4. Tracking and monitoring of one's conversations, behavior, comments, location, status, whereabouts, being, information, or the same regarding the member's of one's immediate family.
  5. Electronic or digital monitoring.

The best way to approach stalking when possible, is to learn ways to prevent it. There are many organizations working to help educate the public about stalking. CCADV is one, and it's right here in Colorado. It works with victims and organizations alike to increase awareness about domestic violence.

Help support the CCADV create greater awareness of domestic violence and put an end to stalking. CCADV works within the community of Denver and the surrounding area to help support advocacy and promote quality domestic violence training programs, including those that promote stalking awareness and prevention.


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