Texas Stalking Law
One out of every 12 women has been stalked at some time in her life. The National Center for Victims of Crime defines stalking as “virtually any unwanted contact between two people that directly or indirectly communicates a threat or places the victim in fear” Examples may include:
- Following a person
- Appearing at a personâ€™s home or place of business
- Making harassing phone calls
- Leaving written messages or objects
- Vandalizing a personâ€™s property
- The majority of stalking victims are between 18 and 39 years oldThe most common type of stalking is by a person in a former personal or romantic relationship, like an ex-husbandâ€”only a small number of women are stalked by strangers. Stalking can be very traumatic and cause emotional stress. Victims of stalking may have nightmares; feel out of control; have trouble sleeping, eating, and concentrating; or feel vulnerable or depressed. Stalking can also cause financial stress if the victim loses time from work or canâ€™t go to work.