January is National Stalking Awareness Month
January is National Stalking Awareness Month, a time to focus on a crime that affected 6.6 million victims in a single year. Stalking is a crime in every state and territory in the United States. Yet, many underestimate its seriousness and impact. In one in five cases, stalkers use weapons to harm or threaten victims, and stalking is one of the highest risk factors for femicide (homicide of women) in abusive relationships. Stalking can take many forms, and can be difficult to recognize, investigate, and prosecute. Communities that understand stalking, however, can support victims, and work collectively to combat the crime.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared in an official proclamation the importance of stalking awareness, and advocates and allied professionals around the state continue advancing in their work to take action against this offense. For additional resources on stalking awareness and victimization visit the Stalking Resource Center, a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime.