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Stalking

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 the victim.

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 serious crime.

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.


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
(213) 974-5985


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