Stalking is a form of violence against women defined as repeatedly engaging in threatening conduct directed at a woman, causing her to fear for her safety. It entails seeking the proximity of the victim with serious detriment to the person’s lifestyle and arousing, indirectly, directly or virtually, distress, fear or harm in the targeted person. This can be done in particular by trying to establish contact by any means, misusing the victim’s personal data for the purpose of ordering goods or services, or causing third persons to make contact, threatening the victim or someone close to the victim.
See also: victim; survivor
(1) Council of Europe (2011). Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence and its Explanatory Memorandum. Council of Europe Treaty Series No 210; (2) European Institute for Gender Equality – EIGE (2014). Administrative data sources on gender-based violence against women in the EU: Current status and potential for the collection of comparable data.