Facts and statistics that highlight the way in which persecution affects mental health


Lower view of a business woman walking on a rainy paved roadEvery January since 2004, a National Month of Awareness Raising Awareness on the Impact of Victim Surveillance has been held. Below are some statistics and facts that highlight how harmful it may be to monitor a person's safety, mental health and emotional well-being.

If you are walking, stay alert and get out for help. Ensuring that trusted friends or family members know the situation is a good idea, as well as documenting any evidence about tracking and reporting the incident to your local law enforcement.

Stalking Stats: The big picture

  • 6 to 7.5 million people can be hunted in the United States each year.
  • 1.8 years is the average duration of a follow-up episode.
  • 37% of the following respond to the diagnostic criteria for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • People monitored report more cases of depression, anxiety and other mental health issues than the rest of the population.

Risk statistics for the violation

  • 50% of the victims report that they were hunted before the age of 25, making the age group 18-24 the highest risk group for the persecutor.
  • 24.5% of US tracking victims is an American, and 22.4% is multi-racial, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • 11% of mental health professionals have been persecuted.
  • 3.4% of the victims who are persecuted are divided or divorced.

How hate affects the victims

  • 1 out of 5 people change their daily routine due to persecution.
  • 1 in 6 people change their phone number as a result of watching.
  • 1 out of 7 people are forced to move after the pursuit.
  • 1 out of 8 people employed are affected by their work or are losing their job due to monitoring. Another study from Justice Office statistics says this figure is much higher, with more than half of them affected by work.

Walking to university faculties

  • About 7% to 28% of university students say they are being hunted.
  • 40% of students responded to a poll saying they had been involved with at least some sort of pursuit after the end of a relationship.
  • Up to 80% of people attending a college campus may know who their conqueror is.

The persecution and the justice system

  • 50% or less of all cases of persecution can be reported to the police.
  • 16.5% of reports of domestic violence included persecution, according to one study.
  • Less than 1 in 3 states count the pursuit as a felony when it is a first offense.

Details about Stalkers

  • 1 out of 5 tracking incidents include a weapon used by the stalker.
  • Conquerors are often known or former associates.
  • 66% of shooters target their victim at least once a week.

It is normal to end up in situations that cause intense feelings of fear, anxiety and even anger to those who are addressed. Working with a sympathetic therapist can help you overcome wounds and other mental health effects from persecution.

Bibliographical references:

  1. Ngo, F. (2018). Same sex and opposite sex pursuing in the United States: An exploration of the correlations of informal and formal victim-victim strategies. International Journal of Criminal Justice, 1(13), 230-246. doi: 10.5281 / zenodo.1403433
  2. Summary of information sheet. (n.d.). Prevention of Prevention, Awareness and Resource Center. Retrieved from https://www.stalkingawareness.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/SPARC_StalkngFactSheet_2018_FINAL.pdf
  3. Persecution. (2017, 24 July). Statistics of the Office of Justice. Retrieved from https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=tp&tid=973
  4. Persecution. (2016). The National Center for Victims of Crime. Retrieved from https://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ncvrw2016/content/section-6/PDF/2016NCVRW_6_Stalking-508.pdf
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  7. Quick guide to track: 16 important statistics, and what you can do about it. (2017, January 30). National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). Retrieved from https://ncadv.org/blog/posts/quick-guide-to-stalking-16-important-statistics-and-what-you-can-do-about-it
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