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Are you being Stalked or Harassed?

A course of actions or conduct directed at a specific person that makes that person feel afraid or in danger. Actions that reflect stalking include repeatedly following, communicating with, watching, and/or threatening a person either directly or indirectly. In addition to causing a person to feel afraid, stalking can create a sense of helplessness and lack of control in the person being stalked, as well as result in illness such as depression and anxiety. Stalking may escalate over time and can involve violence.

Although the majority of people who experience stalking are women being stalked by a former male partner, men can also experience stalking, as well as men and women who have no previous relationship with their stalker. There is no agreed upon profile or typology of individuals who engage in stalking, but all individuals who engage in stalking can be considered dangerous.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you being followed wherever you go? Is someone following your family/friends, or anyone close to you?
  • Has someone appeared unexpectedly or waited for you outside your home, workplace, or class?
  • Have you received phone calls, messages, or emails that cause you to feel annoyed or threatened?
  • Are you repeatedly called at home, school, or work by an unwanted person? Are you called and hung up on by the person calling?
  • Have you received unwanted gifts, letters, cards, e-mails, and/or voice messages?
  • Has someone tried to get private information about you from other people?
  • Has someone stolen or vandalized your possessions and/or property?
  • Has someone threatened to harm you and/or people/things close to you, including any pets?
  • Has someone entered into your home without permission?
  • Is someone frequently driving by or hanging around your home, school, or workplace?

How will the Community Safety Office be able to assist me?

The Community Safety Office can assist you if you are being stalked/harassed by someone. We can provide you with a safe environment where we will assess the level of risk involved with the stalking/harassment you are experiencing, and then work closely with you to put an end to the harassment by outlining the possible actions you can take, coordinating the involvement of other services (as needed), linking you with appropriate housing accommodation if necessary, and being available to support and advocate for you at each step of the process. Will also be able to assist you in developing a safety plan and can provide you with information and strategies that will make it difficult for the individual harassing you to continue doing so by phone or email. We will provide and maintain documentation concerning your situation for your records and use as necessary. Please contact the Community Safety Office at 416.978.1485 to schedule a confidential appointment with a community safety case manager. 

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