Common mistakes victims make
Common Mistakes Victims Make
- Failing to accurately log incidents and keep evidence.
- Not following advice on digital safety e.g. failing to change passwords or clean computers and mobiles, not adapting your social network habits.
- Not giving your stalker a clear message that you want the behavior to stop, that you are not interested in any form of relationship.
- Responding to your stalker in any way, shape or form. (Even negative response will encourage stalkers to continue).
- Trying to reason or bargain with your stalker.
- Believing you can deal with it on your own.
- Ignoring your instincts. The gift of fear is a warning sign something is wrong.
- Ignoring the early warning signs.
- Not taking the situation seriously.
- Blaming yourself.
- Not taking adequate safety precautions.
- Seeking a restraining or protective order without thinking of the potential consequences.
- Failing to obtain support from others either personally or professionally, including family, friends, work colleagues and police.
- Expecting police to solve the entire problem and not taking responsibility your own safety.