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Updated: 
November 5, 2020

What is the definition of stalking?

Stalking is defined as when on more than one occasion, and as part of a course of conduct that is directed specifically at you, all of the following are met:

  1. the stalker commits harassment or s/he acts in a way that the stalker reasonably should know that you will regard as threatening you, your boyfriend/girlfriend, or a member of your family or household with bodily injury, death or that an offense will be committed against your property or pet;
  2. the stalker’s behavior actually causes you, your boyfriend/girlfriend, or a member of your family or household to be placed in fear of bodily injury or death or in fear that an offense will be committed against your property or pet; or that makes you feel harassed, annoyed, alarmed, abused, tormented, embarrassed, or offended; and
  3. the actions would cause a “reasonable person” to fear these things described in # 2 or to feel harassed, annoyed, alarmed, abused, tormented, embarrassed, or offended.1 

1 Tex. Penal Code § 42.072(a),(d)