7.5 million Americans are victims of stalking every year — here are some ways to address the issue

Laura Halfmann and Holly Yoakum are part of the St. Louis Family Violence Council Annual Conference on Stalking. Here are some things we learned about stalking from this interview.

Audio, Feature (Missouri)

Kelly Moffitt
St. Louis Public Radio
October 6, 2016

Tags: Domestic Violence, Family

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM)


In many cases, people are very aware of a stalker’s behaviors but they may feel they have little recourse.

“Fundamentally, stalking is a pattern of behaviors directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear,” said Laura Halfmann, a social worker with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. “That includes repeated and unwanted attention; harassment or contact by phone, mail, email; a perpetrator going to a victim’s school, home or work; property damage; tracking by technology or posting about the person online.”