While it can happen to men, many stalking cases involve women stalked by men.
From online harassment to harassment elsewhere, it can be traumatic to go through.
With that in mind, doing one’s best to avoid that situation in the first place is important.
Through no fault of their own, the victim may end up being in the wrong place at the wrong time. As such, their life can spiral out of control.
If you have what you believe to be a stalker in your life, how will you fight back?
Knowing How to Fight Back
When you believe you have a stalker on your hands, knowing how to fight back is crucial.
While your safety and the safety of those closest to you take precedence, there are steps you can take.
· Contacting authorities – Your best bet is always to reach out to law enforcement for help. Unless you have solid evidence to show you are being stalked, it can be difficult to get a resolution. Even with that evidence, it sometimes is not enough. That said working with authorities is still your best way to document the situation.
· Recording evidence – One way to investigate the calls is to go ahead with a phone number search. Such a search can help you track down where the calls are coming from. As such, you can then relay that information to the proper authorities.
· Photo evidence – If you have an opportunity to photograph the person you believe is stalking you, do it. That said do so without putting your life or those around you in danger. An example would be if you see a person in a strange vehicle parked outside your house. One time may mean nothing. Seeing that person many times etc. should be pause for concern.
· Legal options – Along with law enforcement, you can consider consulting an attorney. If you are able to identify your stalker, your legal counsel can begin to mount a case for you. That case may involve getting a restraining order against the individual. If they continue to stalk you, they may very well wind up in jail at some point.
Don’t Go into a Shell
The worst thing you can do when dealing with a stalker issue is changing your life.
In many instances, that is exactly what the stalker wants you to do.
While you want to warrant being careful, you still need to go about your everyday life.
From going to and from work to doing things outside the workplace, be assertive.
If people are saying stuff about your situation, ignore it. While most of your family and friends will be supportive, some people may choose to do otherwise. If so, are they that close to you after all?
In some cases, a stalker will tire of their efforts, deciding that it is time to move on.
While you should always take the threat to heart, keep going on with your life.
In the event you’ve dealt with stalking at some point, what advice do you have for individuals in such a situation?