Legal Information: West Virginia
Updated: November 8, 2023
What is the legal definition of stalking?
Stalking is when someone repeatedly behaves in a way, or causes another person to behave in a way, that s/he knows, or should know, will cause you to:
- fear for your safety;
- fear for the safety of others; or
- suffer significant emotional distress.1
This behavior (course of conduct) includes when the stalker, directly or indirectly:
- follows, monitors, observes, surveils, or threatens you;
- contacts or communicates with you without your agreement (consent), including electronically; or
- interferes with or damages your property or pet.
1 W. Va. Code §§ 53-8-4(a)(2); 61-2-9a(a)
2 W. Va. Code § 61-2-9a(h)(2)
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