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Stalking Documentation

Document everything. Even if you have decided not to report, you may change your mind. Keep all correspondence or offerings as evidence.

Keep a log of all contacts, including phone calls/voicemails, text messages, e-mails and IMs, drive-bys, unsolicited gifts, or any suspicious occurrences. As you fill out your log, remember that it could be admissible as evidence in court or inadvertently shared with the stalker at a future time. Therefore, keep the log in a safe place and do not include any information that you do not want an offender to see. Download for a printable documentation log

Keep voicemail recordings, letters, gifts, etc. Place any physical evidence in zip lock bags, date the bag, and handle the evidence as little as possible.

If you decide to open a stalking case with local law enforcement, you can do so by calling UTPD (471-4441) if the stalking events are happening on the UT campus or APD's non-crisis number (311) if they are occurring off-campus. Be sure to specify that you are calling to file a "stalking report." If you file a report with APD, you can also call APD's Family Violence Unit (974-8535) 2-3 days after filing to request a victim's services counselor. This counselor can be a helpful advocate to have as you move through law enforcement's process with the case. If you are a UT student and file a report with APD, you will also want to call UTPD and let them know so they can create an incident report and coordinate with the necessary UT departments to better facilitate your safety on campus.

If the person you are concerned about has a relationship to The University of Texas at Austin, the behavior may be in violation of university policy. If the person is a UT Austin student contact JJS. If the person is a UT faculty, stff or contract employee, contact

Make copies of all correspondence before you turn it over to law enforcement. Take photographs of larger items and print the date on the back.

Stalking Issues

Stalking and Social Media
Stalking Documentation
Safety Planning
Common Reactions
Taking Care of Yourself
Reporting Options
Concerns Related to Identity





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