What is Stalking?
For many survivors, being able to identify an exact - a real - explanation to what happened to them is paramount to the healing process. And for those in the thick of it, having access to these kinds of explanations is crucial to that pivotal point of escape.
Stalking. Unwanted and repeated surveillance by an individual or group toward another person. This is a type of behavior closely linked to harassment and intimidation, and in many legal jurisdictions stalking is a criminal offense. (See definitions of harassment and intimidation in our glossary.)
Under the State of Delaware Criminal Code, Title 11 Chapter 5 , stalking is listed as a class G, F, or C felony (class depends on severity of the crime):
(a) A person is guilty of stalking when the person knowingly engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific person and that conduct would cause a reasonable person to:
(1) Fear physical injury to himself or herself or that of another person; or
(2) Suffer other significant mental anguish or distress that may, but does not necessarily, require medical or other professional treatment or counseling.
(b) A violation of subsection (a) of this section is a class G felony.
(c) Stalking is a class F felony if a person is guilty of stalking and 1 or more of the following exists:
(1) The person is age 21 or older and the victim is under the age of 14; or
(2) The person violated any order prohibiting contact with the victim; or
(3) The victim is age 62 years of age or older; or
(4) The course of conduct includes a threat of death or threat of serious physical injury to the victim, or to another person; or
(5) The person causes physical injury to the victim.
(d) Stalking is a class C felony if the person is guilty of stalking and 1 or more of the following exists:
(1) The person possesses a deadly weapon during any act; or
(2) The person causes serious physical injury to the victim.
If you or someone you know is a victim of stalking please reach out for help. We provide a list of resources of local and national, and Delaware specific, support lines on our resources page. If you are unsure of where to start but know you or someone you love is the victim of stalking or harassment, please consider contacting your local law enforcement. Stalking is a criminal offense, and you do not have to live with it!