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Stalking is unwanted or obsessive attention by an individual or group towards another person. Stalking behaviors are related to harassment and intimidation and may include following the victim in person or monitoring them. The term stalking is used with some differing definitions in psychiatry and psychology , as well as in some legal jurisdictions as a term for a criminal offense .

According to a 2002 report by the U.S. National Center for Victims of Crime , "virtually any unwanted contact between two people that directly or indirectly communicates a threat or places the victim in fear can be considered stalking", [1] although in practice the legal standard is usually somewhat more strict.

Although stalking is illegal in most areas of the world, some of the actions that can contribute to stalking can be legal, such as gathering information, calling someone on the phone, sending gifts, emailing, or instant messaging. They become illegal when they breach the legal definition of harassment e.g. an action such as sending a text is not usually illegal, but is illegal when frequently repeated to an unwilling recipient. In fact, United Kingdom law states the incident only has to happen twice when the stalker should be aware their behavior is unacceptable e.g. two phone calls to a stranger, two gifts, following the victim then phoning them, etc. [7]

Stalking is unwanted or obsessive attention by an individual or group towards another person. Stalking behaviors are related to harassment and intimidation and may include following the victim in person or monitoring them. The term stalking is used with some differing definitions in psychiatry and psychology , as well as in some legal jurisdictions as a term for a criminal offense .

According to a 2002 report by the U.S. National Center for Victims of Crime , "virtually any unwanted contact between two people that directly or indirectly communicates a threat or places the victim in fear can be considered stalking", [1] although in practice the legal standard is usually somewhat more strict.

Although stalking is illegal in most areas of the world, some of the actions that can contribute to stalking can be legal, such as gathering information, calling someone on the phone, sending gifts, emailing, or instant messaging. They become illegal when they breach the legal definition of harassment e.g. an action such as sending a text is not usually illegal, but is illegal when frequently repeated to an unwilling recipient. In fact, United Kingdom law states the incident only has to happen twice when the stalker should be aware their behavior is unacceptable e.g. two phone calls to a stranger, two gifts, following the victim then phoning them, etc. [7]

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