Taking Care of Yourself
Develop A Support System:
Keep in touch with friends who are supportive and understanding. Tell someone about each encounter with the stalker.
You May Experience Extreme Stress and Trauma and Want To Seek Assistance:
You may begin to experience rage, terror, suspicions, an inability to trust anyone, depression, changes in sleeping and/or eating patterns, exhaustion, and/or frequent crying spells. Your body and mind are simply reacting to the extreme stress. Talking to someone who is trained to work with victims may help alleviate some of the symptoms that are interfering with other aspects of your life.
Contact your Local Crisis Center:
Your local domestic violence and rape crisis center
is a great resource. An advocate can provide you with additional safety recommendations, support, and assistance in understanding the legal system.
Confidential Services are available:
• Support and information is available in person and through a 24-hour hotline
• Accompaniment, support, and advocacy at local hospitals, courts, and police departments
• Assistance with protective orders and referrals to legal services
• Peer support groups
• Access to emergency shelter
• Information and referrals to community programs
• Community and professional outreach and education