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Updated: 
December 7, 2020

What is the legal definition of stalking in the U.S. Virgin Islands?

Stalking is when someone purposely and repeatedly follows you and engages in a course of conduct or makes a credible threat with the intent of annoying you or placing you in reasonable fear of death or bodily harm or injury and causes you emotional distress.1

An abuser makes a “credible threat” when s/he makes an explicit or implicit threat with the intent and the apparent ability to carry out the threat, so as to cause you to reasonably fear for your personal safety or the safety of a family member.2

1 VI ST T. 5 §§ 2071(a); 1472(1)
2 VI ST T. 5 §§ 2071(b); 1472(2)