What to Do About Stalking

Call the police

If you are in immediate danger, call the GWPD Emergency Line at (202) 994-6111 if on-campus or 911 if off-campus. You can also activate a Blue Light Emergency Phone for assistance. You can also report stalking to the  DC Metropolitan Police Department.

If you would like to speak with someone about your options, you can contact the GW Coordinator of Victims' Services or call the GWPD non-emergency line: 202-994-6110. In addition, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides information about intimate partner stalking.

Seek help

Remember, you are not alone. Law enforcement, local domestic violence agencies, and other trusted resources can provide assistance if you are experiencing stalking.

Tell the person to stop

If safe, and not previously conveyed, inform the person in writing to stop contacting or communicating with you. Be clear about what unwanted behavior(s) you want to end. Save a copy of this communication. Do not communicate with the stalker after doing so, and keep a record of what he or she communicates to you.

Do not confront the stalker in person

Confronting the stalker can put you in a dangerous situation. Call the police if you are being stalked and allow them to assist you. Stalking behavior does not usually stop or go away without being addressed.

Keep an incident log

Keep a record of each incident. Include details about what happened, where and when it happened, if there were any witnesses, how you felt at the time, and any other information you think might be relevant. Keep messages, texts, emails, and unwanted gifts for evidence. Take photos of any damaged property. Share this information with police.

Have a safety plan

A safety plan provides you with steps to take to reduce your risk of harm. You can fill out a safety plan through the Loveisrespect web site. Think of ways to vary your routine. Be unpredictable by leaving for work at different times and travelling different routes to places you frequent on a regular basis. Tell friends, family, or coworkers what is going on and how they can help, and decide what steps you will take if your stalker confronts you at your residence hall, classroom, home, or work. You may want to consider getting a civil protective order.

Take threats seriously

Do not downplay a threat. Report it to the police. You do not deserve to be threatened or hurt.

Tell friends, family, neighbors and coworkers

Let people know what is going on and how they can help. Ask them to look out for your safety. Let them know what to do if you are approached by the stalker.

Several additional risk reduction strategies are also encouraged.

Contact Victims' Services Coordinator

Suzanne Combs

202-994-0443

suzcombs@gwu.edu