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How to help a friend that is being stalked

If you or someone you know is in danger at any time, please call Wake Forest University Police at 336.758.5911. If you are injured, seek medical attention right away.

The Safe Office is available 24/7 at 336.758.5285 to confidentially respond to urgent needs, assist students as they evaluate their options, and support them as they begin the healing process. Additional resource information is available in the Get Resources section.

No two stalking situations are alike and there are no guarantees that what works for one person will work for another, but victims can take steps to increase their safety.

How you can help a friend or loved one that is being stalked

  1. Recognize that stalking is a pattern of conduct, and a stalking victim’s level of fear and need may vary and change based on the stalker’s behaviors.
  2. Realize that stalking victims may maintain contact with their offenders to keep themselves (or loved ones) safe. Encourage your friend to work with a professional to develop a safety plan and urge law enforcement involvement.
  3. Encourage your friend to maintain a detailed log of all contacts with the stalker and save any evidence (e.g. notes, gifts, objects, photos, printed emails or social media posts and messages, or voicemails) as record of the stalking behavior.
  4. Seek support and information for you and your friend.
  5. Continue your support during the recovery process.

 

Adapted from: Stalking Resource Center