Like domestic violence, stalking is a crime of power and control. Stalking is conservatively defined as "a course of conduct directed at a specific person that involves repeated (two or more occasions) visual or physical proximity, nonconsensual communication, or verbal, written, or implied threats, or a combination thereof, that would cause a reasonable person fear."  Stalking behaviors also may include persistent patterns of leaving or sending the victim unwanted items or presents that may range from seemingly romantic to bizarre, following or laying in wait for the victim, damaging or threatening to damage the victim's property, defaming the victim's character, or harassing the victim via the Internet by posting personal information or spreading rumors about the victim.
STALKING: KNOW IT. NAME IT. STOP IT....
TYPES OF ABUSE
The lives of crime victims and family and friends of homicide victims are abruptly shattered by perpetrators. Any single crime can result in physical injury, the loss of a loved one, psychological trauma and the loss of property. Regardless of the type of crime or its degree of impact, one of the biggest devastating feelings all victims experience is a loss of the sense of personal control over their lives.
If you are a victim or a witness to a crime, there are statutes and programs designed to provide services and explain your rights while you are involved with the criminal justice system. There are also options and alternatives in the private and non-profit social service sectors that can assist you in a variety of ways.
Being a victim of a crime can be a very difficult experience. Each person deals with being a victim in his or her own way. If a person has been victimized, he or she may feel anger, guilt, shame, insecurity, fear, powerlessness, and depression. Victims do not have to live with all of these emotions alone. Many people can help them understand this experience and support them as they work through it.
It is our mission of Shoshone County Crisis and Resource Center to provide crisis intervention, advocacy services, and resources that empowers and promotes healthy and safe lives in Shoshone County.
Domestic violence and emotional abuse are behaviors used by one person in a relationship to control the other. Partners may be married or not married; heterosexual, gay, or lesbian; living together, separated or dating.
Examples of abuse include:
name-calling or putdowns
keeping a partner from contacting their family or friends
stopping a partner from getting or keeping a job
actual or threatened physical harm
Violence can be criminal and includes physical assault (hitting, pushing, shoving, etc.), sexual abuse (unwanted or forced sexual activity), and stalking. Although emotional, psychological and financial abuse are not criminal behaviors, they are forms of abuse and can lead to criminal violence.
The violence takes many forms and can happen all the time or once in a while. An important step to help yourself or someone you know in preventing or stopping violence is recognizing the warning signs listed on the "Violence Wheel."
ANYONE CAN BE A VICTIM! Victims can be of any age, sex, race, culture, religion, education, employment or marital status. Although both men and women can be abused, most victims are women. Children in homes where there is domestic violence are more likely to be abused and/or neglected. Most children in these homes know about the violence. Even if a child is not physically harmed, they may have emotional and behavior problems.
If you are being abused, REMEMBER
You are not alone
It is not your fault
Help is available!!!!!!
Sexual assault is any type of forced or coerced sexual contact or behavior that happens without consent. Sexual assault includes rape and attempted rape, child molestation, and sexual harassment or threats. In the United States, nearly one in five women has been raped and almost half of women have experienced another type of sexual assault.1 If you have been sexually assaulted, it is not your fault.
Sexual assault can take many different forms, but one thing remains the same: it’s never the victim’s fault.
Shoshone County Crisis and Resource Center
IF YOU ARE IN DANGER: CALL 911