Stalking Stats

Here is a list of important statistics on stalking behavior.

  • 6 million women and men in the United States are victims of stalking each year (2)
  • 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men have experienced stalking victimization during their lifetime in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed (2)

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  • More than half of female victims and more than one-third of male victims of stalking say they were stalked before the age of 25; about 1 in 5 female victims and 1 in 14 male victims experience stalking between the ages of 11 and 17 (2)
  • 76% of intimate partner femicide victims have been stalked by their intimate partner (3)
  • 10% of victims report being monitored with global positioning systems (GPS), and 8% report being monitored through video or digital cameras, or listening devices (1)
  • Two-thirds (66%) of female victims have been stalked by a current or former intimate partner; men are primarily stalked by an intimate partner or an acquaintance, 41% and 40% respectively (2)
  • Stalking victims who are raped most often identify the stalker as a former intimate partner (21%) or a friend, roommate or neighbor
  • Repeatedly receiving unwanted telephone calls, voice or text messages is the most commonly experienced stalking tactic for both female and male victims of stalking (79% for women and 76% for men) (2)
  • Males are as likely to report being stalked by a male as a female offender. 43% of male stalking victims state that the offender was female, while 41% of male victims state that the offender was another male. (2)

(1)U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics 2009/2)Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/(3)Stalking and Intimate Partner Femicide

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About the Author

Robin Hattersley Gray

Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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