Grand Valley Police Department

Stalking

Information
Information for this page was taken from "A Citizen's Guide to Michigan's Anti-Stalking Laws" published by the Michigan Woman's Commission.
In 1993, Michigan criminalized stalking behavior in an effort to protect victims of harassment and put an end to stalking. Michigan now has one of the strongest anti-stalking laws in the nation. The GVSU Police Department can assist with resolving your stalking complaint
 
Stalking Brochure
 
Stalking Defined

Michigan Penal Code MCLA 750.411 h: “...a ‘willful course of conduct’ involving repeated or continuing harassment of another individual that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested, and that actually causes the victim to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested.”
 

Note: In this definition, “willful course of conduct” refers to a pattern of behavior made up of a series of two or more separate noncontinuous acts which share the same purpose. The term harassed is defined as repeated or continuing unconsented contact directed toward a victim resulting in emotional distress.  

Take precautions, such as
  • Travel with friends and avoid isolation
  • Change your phone number, email, block numbers etc. 
  • Vary your times and routes you take to frequently visited places
  • If possible notify your family, friends, and employer so they may support you
 
What to do if…
Remember, you neither wanted nor deserved to be stalked. You are the victim, not the criminal. Suggestions of what to do if stalked are listed below. Every situation is different, so there are no set guidelines. Use your own judgment as to what actions to take.
  • If you think it would be safe, communicate to the stalker that you do not want any contact with him/her Prior to doing this it is important to have a safety plan in place
  • Report to your local police department that you are a victim of stalking, whether or not you plan to file formal charges
  • Build your case against the stalker by providing the police with any or all of the following:                                                               
    • Basic Identifiers – Car, License Plate Number, Name, Address, Phone Number, Appearance etc. 
    • Documentations (personal journal or diary) of the stalkers activities
    • Video, Audio or other means showing threatening or harassing communications
    • List of contacts – Approximate time, place, what was said, letters e-mails etc
 
Stalking takes many forms
According to the anti-stalking laws, a person can be charged with stalking for willfully and repeatedly contacting another individual without permission. Under these laws, assailants could be charged with stalking for repeatedly:
  • Following or appearing within the sight of another
  • Approaching or confronting another individual in a public or private place
  • Appearing at the work place or residence of another
  • Entering or remaining on an individual's property
  • Contacting by telephone, mail or electronic medium

Page last modified March 15, 2011