The emotional impact of digital stalking

On Behalf of | Nov 29, 2019 | Domestic abuse

Leaving an abusive marriage can be challenging enough. But in some cases, an abusive partner may find ways to track their former spouse’s every move.

While technology can add value and convenience to many people’s lives, victims of digital stalking know the fear, paranoia and stress it can cause them.

How abusive ex-spouses use technology to spy

Before, abusers didn’t have many options available to follow their former spouses. But now, they have apps and other software available at their fingertips that can tell them where their ex-spouses are, who they are with and what they are doing.

In one story, a woman thought a private investigator was following her, so she changed her routes and driving habits. However, she later found out her ex-husband put a GPS tracker in her front left tire.

Emotional impact of digital stalking on victims

No matter the method, digital stalking can cause those who endure it pain and suffering as they try to live their lives. These are some of the adverse effects it can have on victims:  

  • They can suffer from mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.
  • They can have insomnia and other types of sleep problems.
  • They may be more likely to act defensively, such as taking significant time off of work or school or moving far away to avoid dealing with the stalker.

Victims deserve protection

Digital stalking can have severe negative impacts on anyone. Those who have fallen victim to stalking or any form of domestic abuse may want to contact an attorney. They can often help evaluate their client’s circumstances and assist them in filing a restraining order against their abuser.