Women's Center

Stalking

Stalking occurs when an individual repeatedly follows or sends unwanted communication to another placing a person in reasonable fear for his/her safety or causing a reasonable person emotional distress.  More complete information about Duke University specific policies can be found by downloading the Duke Community Standards in Practice at /conduct/about-us/duke-community-standard.

Who to Call for Help at Duke University
If you are a student at Duke University of any gender and are the victim of stalking, contact us at the Women's Center.

  • Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm: Call 919-684-3897, email WCHelp@duke.edu, or walk in no appointment necessary.
  • After-hours, weekends, holidays: Call 919-970-2108 or email WCHelp@duke.edu.
  • If this is an emergency situation and you feel you are in danger, call 911 or Duke police at 919-684-2444.

What is stalking?
Some things stalkers do: (from The National Center for Victims of Crime)

  • Repeatedly call you, including hang ups
  • Follow you and show up where you are
  • Send unwanted gift, letters, card or emails
  • Damage your home, car or other property
  • Monitor your phone calls or computer use
  • Use technology, like hidden cameras or GPS to track where you go
  • Drive by or hang out at your home, school or work
  • Threaten to hurt you, your family, friends or pets

Things You Can Do

  • If you are immediate danger, call 911.
  • Trust your instincts. Do not downplay the danger.
  • Take threats seriously.
  • If you are being stalked, immediately begin documenting the offense.

How We Can Help
If you would like to talk to someone, confidential help is available. The Women's Center's Office of Gender Violence Prevention and Intervention can assist you with the following:

  • A consultation to assist you in gaining information about stalking
  • A plan for your safety, both physically and emotionally
  • Information about resources available to you both on and off campus
  • Supportive counseling and psychotherapy designed to help you manage emotional and physiological reactions to stalking

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