Technology creating new stalking problems for both men and women

Fourteen years after opening its doors, business continues to increase at the New Hope Crisis Center in Brigham City. In fact, on <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/328/2014_06_02_328_22717_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s Crosstalk program Friday,</a> director Penny Evans said the center had 2,707 crisis calls last year and provided service for 488 women, 33 men and 117 children.

Evans said New Hope partners with other community agencies to provide help for not only domestic violence victims but for other abuse problems as well.

She said stalking is becoming a more frequent problem and it can involve both men and women.

“It’s harassment, it can be by telephone, it can be in person,” Evans explained. “It’s the new age of technology so you can see it by cell phone, by texting, by Facebook, emails. But they can also write notes on cars.

“It can be constant driving by your house, following you, dropping by your work. We ask people to keep a log of this.”

Evans said in Box Elder County two police reports are needed before a stalking injunction can be made.

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