What is Stalking?

New Hampshire State RSA 633:3-a defines Stalking as a course of conduct targeted at a specific person which would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her personal safety or the safety of a member of that person’s immediate family, and the person is actually placed in such fear.

Stalking is serious, often violent, and can escalate over time.

Some things stalkers do:

  • Follow you and show up wherever you are
  • Send unwanted gifts, letters, cards, or electronic communications (e-mail, social media)
  • Damage your home, car, or other property
  • Monitor your phone calls or computer use
  • Use technology, like hidden cameras or global positioning systems (GPS), to track where you go
  • Drive by or hang out at your home, school, or work
  • Threaten to hurt you, your family, friends, or pets
  • Find out about you by using public records or online search services, hiring investigators, going through your garbage, or contacting friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers
  • Posting information or spreading rumors about you on the Internet, in a public place, or by word of mouth
  • Other actions that control, track, or frighten you

*Information from the Stalking Resource Center at https://victimsofcrime.org

If you are being stalked, you may:

  • Feel fear of what the stalker will do
  • Feel vulnerable, unsafe, and not know who to trust
  • Feel anxious, irritable, impatient, or on edge
  • Feel depressed, hopeless, overwhelmed, tearful, or angry
  • Feel stressed, including having trouble concentrating, sleeping, or remembering things
  • Have eating problems, such as appetite loss, forgetting to eat, or overeating
  • Have flashbacks, disturbing thoughts, feelings, or memories
  • Feel confused, frustrated, or isolated because other people don’t understand why you are afraid

*Information from the Stalking Resource Center at https://victimsofcrime.org

What do you do if you are being stalked?

In many cases the victim can assess the stalker’s potential for violence.  The stalking victim should be highly involved in choosing what actions need to be taken.  Whatever steps are taken, the primary concern for everyone involved is the victim’s safety.

  • If you are in immediate danger
    • Call 911 to notify Law Enforcement
    • Contact the Campus Safety Department by:
      • Using a Code Blue Phone
      • Emergency line at (603) 224-3287
      • Office line at (603) 230-4042
  • If you are not in immediate danger you may contact:
    • Law Enforcement
    • Contact the Campus Safety Department by:
      • Using a Code Blue Phone
      • Emergency line at (603) 224-3287
      • Office line at (603) 230-4042
  • Stalking victims should tell family, friends, neighbors and co-workers if they are being stalked, ask them to watch for the stalker, to document everything they observe, and to give the written documentation to the student.
  • Stalking victims should document everything themselves.
    • Stalking victims are encouraged to save and date any threatening letters, voicemail messages, emails and/or social media posts from the stalker as these can be used for future legal action or can serve as evidence that an existing civil protection order was violated.
    • Stalking victims should record witnesses’ names, dates, times, locations and what the stalker was doing, saying, wearing, driving (license plate number), etc.
    • If it can be done safely, take pictures of the stalker.
  • Stalking victims are encouraged to contact their telephone/wireless service providers get an unlisted/change telephone number and to report threatening calls.
  • Stalking victims are encouraged to block or change social media account information to deny access to the stalker.
    • Do not record any conversation without telling the stalker he or she is being recorded beforehand.  It is illegal to record someone without his/her knowledge/consent and renders such evidence useless.
  • Students are encouraged, when feasible, to change the locks of their home and/or car.
  • Stalking Victims who do not ha a cellphone should consider obtaining one.
  • Law enforcement agencies log complaints each time they receive a call.  Request a copy of each report.

Obtaining a Stalking Order:

If you would like to obtain a Protection Order against your Stalker you will need to contact the local District Court where the Stalking occurred. If you contact law enforcement they can assist you with information on obtaining a Stalking Protection Order.

  • Once you Petition the court you will be granted a temporary order of protection.
  • You will be provided a hearing date.
  • Protection Orders should specify restrictions at NHTI if parties are students.
  • Obtain and keep copies of warrants, protective orders, court orders, and any other legal documentation
  • It is important for stalking victims to obtain any police report number, court docket or file number of their complaint so they can follow up on the complaint

Stalking Services and Resources at NHTI:

  • The NHTI Campus Safety Department may assist you in contacting law enforcement if you wish to report a Stalking Incident, violation of a Protection Order and/or need information on obtaining a Stalking Protection Order
  • Stalking victims are encouraged to provide the Campus Safety Department with any information regarding a Stalking incident/order and are only able to honor Protection Orders if a copy is on file with the department:
  • Please provide Campus Safety with a photocopy of:
    • Bail Conditions
    • Temporary and/or Final Protective or Stalking Orders
    • Photograph or physical description of the stalker
  • The Title IX office and/or Campus Safety may open a Title IX investigation if the CCSNH Sexual Misconduct Policy was violated. Please refer to the NHTI Title IX Resource Page for more information.
  • The Campus Safety Department will provide Stalking victims with:
    • Alternative Parking Arrangements
    • Provide escorts
  • Stalking Victims should also be referred to NHTI Health and Counseling Services
    • They will consult with any student who discloses they are a victim of stalking.
    • NHTI Health and Counseling Services Information Page
    • Referral information for follow-up assistance will be provided.

Reporting Requirements by School Officials

Staff and Faculty and those designated as Campus Security Authorities who receive information that an individual is being Stalked are required to report it to the Title IX Coordinator or Campus Safety.

NH RSA 169-C:29 requires victims of Stalking who are under the age of 18 be reported to specific authorities.

NH RSA 161-F:46 requires victims of Stalking who are 18 years of age or older and is referred to under Division of Elderly and Adult Services guidelines as dependent on others to manage personal, home, or financial affairs or as a vulnerable person that it be reported to specific authorities.

Persons who do not fall into any of the categories, but are victims of Stalking must be asked whether they object to having their injuries reported to the police.

Reference the List of Crimes that Must be Reported Page for legal requirements for reporting domestic Violence, specifically in reference to Child Abuse and Neglect and Protective Services to Adult Sections

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