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Stalking Awareness Month, help is available

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RHINELANDER, WI (WXPR) -  Two high-profile stalking cases in the Northwoods focus an effort by domestic violence advocates to make the public aware that behavior is a dangerous signal.

January is National Stalking Awareness Month. Locally, a Rhinelander man was sent to prison last year for 10 years for a repeated pattern of stalking a woman. Another current case involves alleged stalking of a woman that resulted in violence.

Advocate Melissa Dailey from Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault defines stalking as “following someone, frequent phone calls, monitoring computer usage, especially with the technology that we have today with Facebook, Twitter, and all of those things.” Dailey says if you believe you’re being stalked, it should be reported to law enforcement immediately .

Advocates say stalking is a tactic used by abusers to control, intimidate and terrorize their victims.

Dailey says Tri-County is also there to help. The agency is headquartered in Rhinelander and serves Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties.

Other counties have help available. You can contact local Social Services offices or call the United Way’s 2-1-1 information line to find help.