Risk Reduction Strategies
Remove information such as telephone numbers, addresses, email, AIM info, pictures, and class schedules from Facebook and other social networking profiles. Set your profiles to private. Change your password.
Keep information private.
If you feel that you are being stalked, you may want to consider taking down your profiles and changing your email address and phone number. Only give friends you know personally access to new phone numbers or personal information.
Vary your routine.
Take a different route to places you go often, like class or work. Eat lunch at a different time. Changing your routine makes you harder to follow.
Don’t walk alone.
Use the 4-Ride or Colonial Express shuttle service if you feel afraid to walk alone. GW University Police can also provide a walking escort. Walk with friends around campus. When you leave work, have a coworker make sure you get to your car safely.
Lock your doors.
Make sure when you leave your place of residence you lock your doors; stress the importance of locking the door with any roommates. If you have lived with your stalker, or think they have access to your home/room, change your locks.
Be aware of controlling behaviors.
Watch for signs of controlling behaviors in a relationship. Does your partner monitor your emails, call to check up on you, follow you or threaten you? These can be “red flags” or warning signs of an unhealthy situation.
Take a self-defense class.
The Trinity Center offers self defense classes. These classes teach basic self defense to women, and can help you to feel empowered.
Trust your instincts.
If you feel unsecure or afraid, that can be a warning that a situation is not right or safe. Do not ignore those feelings, take necessary precautions.