Stalking and Harassment

Stalking is also known as criminal harassment. It is repeated conduct that causes you to fear for your safety. Criminal harassment is a crime.

On Sept 29, 2011 at the trial of John Palumbo who was found guilty of criminal harassing singer, Shania Twain), Ms. Twain testified:

I started to wonder where the end to it was, and how isolated my life would have to be to avoid more contact, unwanted contact.....I was concerned about what he was capable of.

A stalker is often someone you know or someone you once dated. A stalker can also be a stranger.  About 75 percent of stalking cases involve men stalking women, but men do stalk men, women do stalk women, and women do stalk men. The National Center for Victims of Crime (USA) advises that one in 12 women and one in 45 men will be stalked in their lifetime.

Criminal harassment can include behaviour such as:

- following you or showing up wherever you are
- repeatedly calling you (including hang-ups)
- damaging your home, car, or other property
- excessive and unwanted texts and emails
- sending unwanted gifts, letters, cards, or e-mails
- monitoring your phone calls or computer use
- using technology, like hidden cameras or GPS to track you
- threatening to hurt you, your family, friends, or pets
- contacting your friends, family,neighbors, or co-workers
- other actions that control or frighten you

If you or someone you know is being stalking or harassed treat the matter seriously. Do not minimize the affect that these actions can have on you. Trust your instincts and get help. The police and  Bow Valley Victim Services can be of help. If you feel you are in immediate danger call 911.

The information below will help you learn more about criminal harassment and what you can do to stop it.

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