Stalking we are sorry this happened to you; we’re here to help If you have been followed, are constantly seeing the same individual at places you frequently visit, see an individual drive by your home when there is no obvious need to do so, or if you are experiencing unexplainable situations where your instincts tell you that you are not safe, you may be a victim of stalking. Safety planning and documentation are important aspects one should consider when attempting to escape a stalker. Being stalked should not be minimized as it can be extremely dangerous. Victim Assistance Program can help you explore options to increase your safety and lower your anxiety. normal reactions to trauma and stalking When someone stalks you, it is normal for you to experience a wide range of emotions. It is common to be fearful and feel vulnerable or anxious. You may also experience anger, denial, confusion, and frustration. Victim Assistance Program advocates are specially trained to help you navigate through these emotions and educate you and your family on how to overcome these often life-altering events. This was NOT your fault. You will travel at your own rate in the recovery process while it often feels as if the world around you goes back to normal very quickly. Victim Assistance Program advocates are specially trained to help you navigate towards a safe adn peaceful life. we would like to stand by your side Victim Assistance Program may be able to provide you with information and resources to help break through these barriers with the hopes of providing you with strength and empowerment to navigate through what may be the worst experience of your life. Our advocates can be with you in the hospital, help you coordinate with the police, accompany you to court, help you apply for a protection order, discuss financial compensation, assist in applying for the VINE offender notification system, connect you with community resources, provide you with an emergency cell phone, help you create a safety plan, and provide crisis intervention and trauma therapy. Victim Assistance Program helps all individuals regardless of their age, sex, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, disability, or ability to speak English. Please know you don’t have to go through this alone, we are here to help. All you need to do is call, we never charge a fee for services. something to consider; protection orders Victims of stalking have the right to petition (apply) the court for a civil order of protection or an anti-stalking order of protection against an individual who has or is threatening to cause harm to you or your children. Between the hours of 8a-4p, M-F, you may appear before a magistrate to request an emergency protection order. If granted, the respondent will be ordered not to contact or communicate with you in any way until a full hearing. During the full hearing, both you and the respondent must appear to discuss why the order should remain in place for up to five years. As this can be an intimidating process, our advocates can walk you through every step of the way.