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September 30th, 2013
Posted in Resources, Teen

St. Louis and National Resources

Helplines / Hotlines Safe Connections Crisis Helpline – 314.531.2003 St. Louis Regional Sexual Assault Hotline – 314.531.7273 Life Crisis-Suicide/Crisis Hotline – 314.647.4357 Kids Under Twenty One (KUTO) – 314.644.5886 Elder Abuse Hotline – 800.392.0210 Child Abuse Hotline – 800.392.3738 Domestic Violence and Rape Hotline – 800.392.0210 National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline – 888.331.9474 United Way Read More…

September 30th, 2013
Posted in Stalking, Teen

Stalking Behavior Patterns and Cycles

Stalking behavior patterns closely mirror those common in many domestic violence cases. The pattern is usually triggered when the stalker’s advances toward their victim is frustrated — regardless of whether the stalker is seeking to establish a personal relationship or continue a previously established relationship contrary to the wishes of the victim. The stalker may Read More…

September 30th, 2013
Posted in Stalking, Teen

Who Are Stalkers?

Demographically, stalking is a gender-neutral crime, with both male and female perpetrators and victims, but: Most stalkers are men. Best statistics indicate that 75-80% of all stalking cases involve men stalking women. Most stalkers know their victims. 60% are current or former intimate partners. Most tend to fall into the young to middle-aged categories. Most Read More…

September 30th, 2013
Posted in Stalking, Teen

About Stalking

What is Stalking? The legal definition of stalking is defined primarily by state statutes. While statutes vary, most define stalking as a course of conduct that places a person in fear for their safety. Stalking behaviors can include: Non-consensual communication, including face-to-face, telephone calls, voice messages, electronic mail, written letters, unwanted gifts, etc. Threatening or Read More…

September 30th, 2013
Posted in Teen

Making a Safety Plan

Safety Planning for Abused Women Though you do not have control over your partner’s violence, you do have a choice about how to get yourself and your children to safety. Leaving must be done with a careful plan. Abusers often become more violent when they believe their partner is leaving the relationship. Safety During a Read More…

September 30th, 2013
Posted in Teen

How to Help a Friend or Loved One Who is Being Abused

To truly help others is to empower them to act on their own behalf. To genuinely help your friend or loved one, acknowledge her capacity for self-help, thus avoiding the pitfall of becoming a “rescuer.” Some Practical Things You Can Do: Provide her with information about local resources. Safe Connections maintains a 24-hour Crisis Helpline Read More…