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January is National Stalking Awareness Month

This month is National Stalking Awarness Month.  The U.S. Department of Justice has named this year's National Stalking Awareness Month "Stalking: Know it. Name it. Stop it.".  Experts recognize that stalking often leads to domestic violence and vice versa, so it is important to recognize the signs of stalking and take steps to stop it.

An estimated 3 million Americans are the victims of stalking every year.  1 in every 12 women and 1 in every 45 men will be a victim of stalking at some point in their life.  Also, experts say that in the large majority of cases, victims know their stalker.

Stalking can be more difficult to prove than other crimes because it requires repeated actions, not just a single incident.  Domestic violence shelters across the country are handing out kits to police officers and the public to help identify and prove that stalking is occurring.  Kits include useful tools like cameras, time logs, evidence bags and gloves. 

If you or someone you know thinks they are being stalked and would like to discuss filing a restraining order with an experienced attorney, contact the Raleigh domestic violence lawyers of Marshall & Taylor P.C. at 919-833-1040 today.