National Stalking Awareness Month 2010 Activities
January 2010 marked the seventh observance of National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM). Below is a summary of some of the national and local NSAM activities.
National Stalking Awareness Month Activities
The Stalking Resource Center (SRC) participated in a number of events to promote NSAM 2010 including:
- On December 14, 2009, SRC staff hosted a Webinar on the history, evolution, and observance of NSAM;
- On January 11, 2010, the SRC participated on a panel moderated by Paula Zahn during a town hall event hosted by Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli and the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women in commemoration of NSAM 2010. Click here to read a news release issued by the U.S. Department of Justice about the event.
- On January 26, 2010, the SRC and National Center for Victims of Crime Public Policy department participated in a Hill briefing on stalking. In attendance was Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) who spoke briefly on the importance of effectively addressing and eradicating stalking, various Hill staffers, stalking survivors, and representatives from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the National Network Against Domestic Violence, and the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network.
- On February 4, 2010, Resolution 960 was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives expressing support designation January 2010 as National Stalking Awareness Month.
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Local Stalking Awareness Month Activities
Agencies, groups, and individuals across the United States commemorated NSAM 2010 in creative and innovative ways. Below is a compilation of local awareness activities.
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Antigua & Barbuda
- Family Sunshine Center, U.S. Attorney's Office of the Middle District of Alabama, River Regional United Way, and Montgomery law enforcement: Invited elected officials, local media, and the public to a meeting that challenged citizens to fight stalking by learning about it.
- Antigua and Barbuda's Women Against Rape: Joined online partners in the United States to acknowledge Stalking Awareness Month, contributed to local television and radio programs, distributed information to newspapers, disseminated public service announcements, and held meetings with community groups.
- Prescott Valley Police Department: Educated residents about stalking and where to seek help if being stalked.
- Catholic Charities of Arkansas: Held a press conference featuring experts on stalking.
- Paragould Police Department: Raised awareness through the local news media.
- California Secretary of State: The Safe at Home Program's winter 2010 newsletter included an article about stalking and National Stalking Awareness Month.
- Solano County Board of Supervisors: Proclaimed January 2010 as Stalking Awareness Month.
- South Lake Tahoe Women's Center: Promoted awareness and offered a self defense class to the public.
- Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Encouraged the public to engage in awareness-raising activities and featured an extensive Stalking Awareness Month section on the Coalition's Web site.
- End Violence Against Women Project: Hosted a training event during National Stalking Awareness Month featuring staff of the Stalking Resource Center. Training topics include the use of technology to stalk, investigation techniques, prosecution strategies, enforcement of protection orders, and victim advocacy and safety planning.
- University of Colorado Denver: The Phoenix Center at Auraria set up information tables around the campus.
District of Columbia
- University of Connecticut: The Institute for Violence Prevention sent students fact sheets with information about stalking behaviors, statistics, and legal ramifications.
- Jewish Women's International: The National Alliance to End Domestic Violence hosted a Webinar titled "Partner Stalking: The Cost to Victims and Society."
- City of Port St. Lucia: Promoted awareness and advocacy within the community the offered the mayor and city council Stalking Awareness Month 2010 proclamations.
- Florida Department of Health: Recognized National Stalking Awareness Month and joined an effort to inform the public about the seriousness of stalking.
- Palm Beach County Victim Services: Featured an informational display at the South Florida Fair.
- University of Florida: The University Police Department Office of Victim Services featured information about stalking and National Stalking Awareness Month in the January 2010 issue of the "Stall Stories" series.
- Coneblaa Family Foundation, Corp.: Provided community leaders and the general public with information and resources about the seriousness of stalking.
- Lakeview Center: The Rape Crisis/Trauma Recovery Center issued a news release to spread awareness and hosted a free training titled "Examining the Connection between Stalking, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Violence" for clinicians and psychiatric support staff.
- Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office: Set up an educational exhibit at the local courthouse to educate the community on stalking.
- Marine Corp Logistics Base Albany: The Marine and Family Services' Family Advocacy Program educated personnel about stalking, penalties under the Uniform Code of Military Justice for stalking, and resources available for victims.
- Governor Felix P. Camacho: Proclaimed January 2010 as Stalking Awareness Month.
- Department of Public Health and Social Services: The Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Program included stalking statistics in training presentations, distributed materials to government departments and agencies, village mayors' offices, the Senator of the Guam Legislature, Catholic schools, and parishes.
- Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: Provided free stalking kits and distributed informational materials to the community.
- Boise Police Department: Issued a news release about stalking and National Stalking Awareness Month.
- Idaho State University: Along with a representative from the City of Pocatello Police Department, spoke with students and faculty about stalking and provided recommendations to and resources for victims.
- Western Illinois University: The University Women's Center and Western Illinois Regional Council Community Action Agency hosted a brownbag lunch presentation during which the video "Stalking: Real Fear, Real Crime" was viewed and followed by a discussion about the basics of stalking, new laws, awareness, and safety measures.
- Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Promoted awareness and encourage victims to take action.
- Purdue University Calumet: The Counseling Center provided information about the dangers of stalking and what victims can do if they are being stalked.
- Vigo County Court Appointed Special Advocates: Featured an article about stalking and National Stalking Awareness Month in its monthly newsletter.
- WFHB FireHouse Broadcasting: Radio program Hola Bloomington featured a segment on how to prevent stalking in the community.
- Rape Victim Advocacy Program: Encouraged Iowa City and the state of Iowa to promote stalking awareness and public education.
- Catholic Charities of Wichita: Harbor House encouraged citizens to learn about stalking and identified resources available to victims of stalking in Wichita and surrounding areas.
- Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence: Promoted awareness and resources available for victims throughout the state of Kansas.
- Domestic Violence Prevention Board: Hosted a news conference, a half-day training, and participated in a Webinar on stalking. Participated in three radio programs on intimate partner stalking and the use of global positioning systems (GPS) to monitor offenders.
- McCraken County: Proclaimed January 2010 as Stalking Awareness Month.
- McCraken County Attorney's Office, Merrymen House, and the Purchase Area Sexual Assault Center: With support from the County Attorney's Office, Commonwealth Attorney's Office, Office of Victim Assistance, and local law enforcement, set up informational booths at the County courthouse.
- City of Auburn Police Department: Recognized Stalking Awareness Month in the Fiscal Year 2010 Annual Work Plan.
- Advanced Psychological Services: Advocated for the improvement in laws against stalking in Maryland.
- Counseling Helpline and Aid Network for Abused Women: Posted flyers in restrooms, hair salons, mechanics, Mikvahs, and bookstores.
- GATTCCS: Hosted a two-hour program on stalking among senior citizens and youth that featured representatives from the Prince George's County Sheriff's Department. Materials were distributed, a raffle held, and free emergency cell phones distributed.
- Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center: Launched a community stalking awareness campaign and offered free presentations to community organizations.
- Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence: Worked with youth to raise stalking awareness in their own communities and schools.
- Governor Jennifer M. Granholm: Proclaimed January 2010 as Stalking Awareness Month.
- Alliance Against Violence and Abuse Advocates: Promoted the month through local media and provided information to the general public.
- Bay Area Women's Center: Featured an article in the January 2010 issue of the CenterLine Newsletter.
- Diane Peppler Resource Center: Though newsletter features and the dissemination for informational materials, informed communities across the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan about stalking.
- Michigan State University: The Safe Place Program participated in a month-long awareness campaign which included a viewing of a documentary on stalking and distribution of materials.
- University of Michigan: The Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center volunteers made and sold T-shirts to raise campus-wide awareness of stalking.
- Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Along with state lawmakers, spoke about the need to enforce tough laws against domestic violence and stalking.
- Governor Jay Nixon: Proclaimed January 2010 as Stalking Awareness Month.
- Audrain County Crisis Intervention Services: Promoted education and awareness and participated in an observation at a Mexico City Council meeting by encouraging residents to help victims of stalking.
- Linn County Commissioners proclaimed January 2010 as Stalking Awareness Month.
- Mexico City Mayor Virginia Roberston: Proclaimed January 2010 as Stalking Awareness month.
- University of Missouri: The Rape and Sexual Violence Prevention Center hosted a stalking awareness night that featured a presentation from the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
- University of Missouri–Kansas City: The Campus Women's Center Violence Prevention and Response Project distributed stalking protection kits information around the campus throughout January.
- Montana State University: Hosted a panel discussion on stalking and available resources during a "Sack Lunch" seminar featuring representatives from Haven, the University Police Department, and the University VOICE Center.
- Bright Horizons: Participated in radio interviews, submitted information to local media, and provided materials and education to the local college campus.
- Crisis Center of Grand Island: Hosted a "lunch and learn" session on stalking.
- DOVES Program and the Scotts Bluff County Attorney's Office: Spoke with local media about stalking, its dangers, and available resources for victims.
- Ponca Tribe of Nebraska: Held a day-long conference titled "Stalking and the 3 Be's: Be aware, be prepared, and be safe!"
- Humboldt Community Advocates Against Sexual Assault: Collaborated with a local TaeKwon Do school that provided a free self-defense class to women and girls and promoted safety awareness and public education.
- Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence and the Domestic Violence Intervention of Churchill County: Educated the public to recognize stalking and ways to protect victims.
- Winnemucca Domestic Violence Shelter: Provided information and resources at the Barrick/Turquoise Ridge Winter Safety Fair.
- Hope Crisis Center: Distributing awareness materials to four local colleges.
- Keene State College: The Counseling Center Sexual Violence Prevention Program, along with the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention, and Monadnock Family Services' ActingOut Program, sponsored an awareness event featuring live entertainment.
- New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence: Issued a news release, distributed public education materials, provided training on stalking, and encouraged member programs to educate the public and victims of stalking.
- Albany Law School: The Diversity Office distributed information on resources for victims available through a local consortium and area agencies.
- Office for Prevention of Domestic Violence: Featured information about stalking in the Winter 2010 Bulletin.
- Oswego County Opportunities, Inc.: The Services to Aid Families Program distributed materials throughout Oswego County and offered training for local human services workers.
- Be Healthy Ministries, Inc.: Featured an article on stalking in a bi-monthly newsletter.
- Fayette County Victim Witness Program: Ran public service announcements throughout January; published articles in a local paper; posted awareness materials at local hospitals; law enforcement agencies; and courthouses; and posted status updates on Facebook.
- Ardmore Family Shelter: Distributed stalking kits to Ardmore law enforcement and citizens and presented a video about stalking victims to local law enforcement.
- Claremore City Mayor Brant Shallenbuger: Proclaimed January 2010 as Stalking Awareness Month
- Comanche National Family Assistance Center: Held a day-long conference titled "Stalking: Is it Really a Crime?"
- Claremore Police Department and the Rogers County Sheriff's Department engaged in efforts to encourage residents to protect themselves through awareness about the dangers of stalking.
- Southwestern Oklahoma State University: Set up a display with information on stalking.
- SafeNet Services, Inc.: Offered free "Stalking Awareness Kits" to victims of stalking and engaged in awareness effort with local law enforcement.
- Tinker Air Force Base: The Tinker Sexual Assault Response Program and Family Advocacy Program promoted the recognition of stalking as a way to protect victims and prevent tragedies.
- A local crisis center distributed brochures to local schools and colleges, displayed informational table tent cards in restaurants, discussed stalking on local television programs, and submitted articles to local newspapers.
- Washington County Board of Commissioners proclaimed January 2010 as Stalking Awareness Month.
- Washington County District Attorney's Victim Assistance Program, Sheriff's Office, Community Corrections Department's Center for Victims' Services, Domestic Violence Resource Center, Domestic Violence Intervention Council, and Legal Aid: Partnered to educate the community about stalking and services available to victims.
- Armstrong County Commissioners: Proclaimed January 2010 as Stalking Awareness Month.
- House Resolution 527: Recognized January 2010 as Stalking Awareness Month.
- Women's Center of Columbia and Montour Counties: Discussed stalking at a Danville Neighborhood Watch meeting.
- Local agency: Promoted Stalking Awareness Month and had information on stalking printed on electric bills.
- H.O.P.E. Center: Challenged residents of McMinn and Meigs counties to combat stalking through education.
- Vanderbilt University: The University Police Office of Victim Assistance hosted a movie night for freshman to educate them about stalking.
- Child Support Services in Amarillo: Raised awareness and distributed information to the public.
- Marshall County Family Support Services Center: Set up display with information on stalking throughout the county.
- Nacogdoches County District Attorney's Office: Placed materials on stalking and crisis information in the District Attorney's Office lobby.
- New Horizon Family Center: Promoted awareness at two junior college campuses.
- Tom Green County Coalition Against Violence: Hosted a program titled "Know it, Name it, Stop it Awareness Day," that educated men and women to recognize and protect themselves against stalking. The program featured a representative from the San Angelo Police Department who distributed materials and advice for victims at an information booth.
- University of Houston Clear Lake: Hosted a panel discussion featuring representatives from the Houston Area Women's Center and the Harris County District Attorney's Office.
- University of Texas at San Antonio: Women's Resource Center hosted a screening of "Stalking: Real Fear, Real Crime," followed by a group discussion and self-defense demonstration.
- Granite Schools: An educator of juvenile delinquents on criminal-thinking errors, including domestic violence prevention, spoke about stalking.
- Champlain College: Developed an interactive, informational bulletin board, posted posters around and distributed materials to a residence hall, and engaged students in discussion about stalking.
- College of William the Mary and the York County Task Force: Sexual Assault Services of the College of William and Mary and the York County Task Violence Against Women Task Force sponsored an event titled "Recognizing & Responding to Stalking." The training featured staff of the Stalking Resource Center and offered a training track geared toward law enforcement, prosecutors, and other criminal justice professionals and another track geared toward community advocates, personnel, and mental health counselors.
- Alternatives to Violence of Palouse: Awareness activities included outreach in coffee houses, press coverage in local media outlets, distribution of materials in rural areas and bookstores, public service announcements, a presentation at Washington State University, and screened the film "Stalking: Real Fear, Real Crime" for the Pullman Police Department during a roll call.
- Ottumwa Crisis Center and Women's Shelter: Offered to provide presentations on stalking to organizations in Wapellow, Wayne, Davis, Jefferson, Monroe, and Appanoose counties.
- Washington State University: Hosted the event, "Stalking: Is it Romantic or Creepy?" that featured presentations from representatives from the campus Counseling and Testing Services Center, Alternative to Violence of Palouse, and the Pullman Police Department.
- CONTACT Rape Crisis Center: Promoted awareness and public education on stalking.
- REACH Rape Crisis Center: Launched a stalking awareness campaign.
- U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of West Virginia: Issued a news release recognizing the 15th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act and National Stalking Awareness Month.
- Women's Aid in Crisis: Hosted a stalking tips seminar at a local college; posted materials in residence halls, and provided training to resident assistants; and distributed ribbons made by student volunteers, sororities, and fraternities,
- Workers from Hope, Inc.: Conducted outreach to victims of stalking and abusive relationships.
- La Crosse Police Department and the New Horizons Shelter and Women's Center: Set up awareness displays in La Crosse and Trepeleau County courthouses, created a bookmark listing coping skills and advice to stalking victims, and contributed to local media outlets.
- University of Wisconsin-Madison: The Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment student group hosted an information session on stalking, featuring a presentation by Stalking Resource Center staff.
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