Stalkers are obsessed with controlling the victim’s actions and feelings. They believe that they can achieve this by threatening, harassing and, in some instances, harming their victims.
Often, the victim can assess the stalker’s potential for violence. Because no one can guarantee complete safety, the 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.
- Students should notify local law enforcement immediately if they believe they are being stalked.
- Students are encouraged to provide NHTI Campus Safety with a photocopy of Bail Conditions, Protective or Stalking Orders as well as a photograph or physical description of the perpetrator. NHTI is able to honor Protection Orders only if a copy is on file with Campus Safety. Protection Orders should specify restrictions at NHTI if parties are students. Students 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.
- During normal business hours, NHTI Health & Counseling ((603) 230-4043) will consult with any student who discloses they are a victim of stalking. Referral information for follow-up assistance will be provided.
- Students are encouraged to save and date any threatening letters, email or voice mail messages from the stalker. These can potentially be used for future legal action or can serve as evidence that an existing civil protection order was violated. Students are encouraged to get an unlisted telephone number and to report threatening calls to the telephone company. Do NOT tape telephone conversations without telling the stalker he or she is being taped beforehand. It is illegal to tape someone without his/her knowledge and renders such evidence useless.
- Obtain and keep copies of warrants, protective orders, court orders, and any other legal documentation. All threats sent by mail should be reported to the local police or the FBI.
- NHTI Campus Safety will assist students with parking and escort arrangements as needed. Students who are being stalked should avoid walking alone. For emergency assistance on campus, please use the CodeBlue Emergency Call boxes or call NHTI Campus Safety at (603) 224-3287.
- Students should consider getting a cellular phone. In the event a student is being followed while driving, 9-1-1 can be called immediately and document the incident as it is happening. It is important for students to get the docket or file number of their complaint so they can follow up on the complaint.
- Students should document everything themselves. 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. Law enforcement agencies log complaints each time they receive a call. Request a copy of each report.
- Students are encouraged, when feasible, to change the locks of their home and/or car.
- The 24 hour Domestic Violence Hotline may be contacted at 1-866-644-3574 or for Merrimack County residents only call 1-866-840-6229 to reach the local domestic and sexual violence crisis center for free, private, and anonymous assistance.
The NHTI community is encouraged to refer students to NHTI Counseling, Health Services and/or Campus Safety for assistance.