Stalking is one of the most intimidating crimes. Stalkers
destroy their victims’ sense of security and cause them to live in a
constant state of anxiety and fear. There are many different behaviors that can
be called stalking, but all share two common features: they involve
actions not wanted by the victim and they threaten or cause fear to
One out of every 12 women is stalked during her lifetime. Stalking
cases often involve spouses or partners – both current and former.
However, the crime is not limited to domestic violence cases.
Strangers, either male or female, can stalk victims of either gender.
To respond to the growing stalking problem, the District Attorney’s
Office established S.T.A.T., the Stalking and Threat Assessment Team.
This team of specially trained prosecutors and investigators works
with law enforcement, mental health professionals, the private sector,
and community-based victims’ rights organizations to combat this
Deputy district attorneys in S.T.A.T. vertically prosecute serious
stalking, threat, and workplace-violence cases, which means that one
prosecutor handles each case from beginning to end. In addition,
S.T.A.T. members provide training to other prosecutors, law
enforcement, the judiciary, and victims’ organizations to ensure that
stalkers are prosecuted appropriately and that the dignity and safety
of victims is always maintained.
To provide more information about stalking, resources for victims,
and what victims can do to protect themselves, the District Attorney’s
Office has launched Love Me Not,
a proactive, informative anti-stalking program. To visit the Love Me
Not website, please click here.
Stalking and Threat Assessment Team (S.T.A.T.)
Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
320 West Temple Street, Room 780
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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