- Get Help
- Get Involved
- Get Info
- Victim Advocacy
- Lactation Station
- Got Ideas?
- Women's Resources
How to help friends or family members
- Believe your friends or family members.
- Thank your friends or family members for sharing this information, and let them know you care about their wellbeing.
- Encourage your friends or family members to call 911 or campus police if they feel they are in immediate danger
- Help your friends or family members to identify campus and community resources such as the Women's Center, Counseling Center, local police, the Women's and Children's Alliance, and FACES.
- Encourage them to develop a safety plan.
- Encourage your friends or family members to keep evidence or document unwanted or intimidating behaviors or contact.
Often legal cases are built based on documentation completed by a victim. Stalking documentation kits are available at the Women's Center.
- Encourage your friends or family members to notify friends, family, roommates, and co-workers about the stalker and to ask them to help watch out for their safety.
Respect your friends or family members' decisions about who to share this information with; do not share this information with your friends or family members' permission.
- Refrain from revealing any information about them to the stalker. Know that stalkers may attempt to collect information from a third party (you) in order to harm or continue stalking your friends or family members.
This information-seeking behavior may be especially present when your friends or family members have cut off contact or made changes to their phone numbers, places of employment, or routines.
- Dismissing or minimizing the seriousness of this crime victims often legitimately fear for their life and do not feel safe to complete daily activities or even sleep.
- Blaming your friends or family members--perpetrators, NOT victims, are responsible for their crimes.
- Breaking confidence of your friends or family members to tell others about the crime--they should always have the right to tell who they choose.
- Advising your friends or family members--they are most familiar with the stalker's behavior and they may have the ability to most accurately assess what might escalate the stalker's behavior.