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Groups Bring Attention to Stalking

LAS VEGAS -- Calling attention to stalking is how some southern Nevada agencies hope will get more victims to report it. Stalking is many cases leads to domestic violence.

Nevada leads the nation when it comes to women being killed by men, in some cases as a result of stalking. It is typically women who fall victim to stalking, and what makes it so hard to report, is victims not keeping a log of how they are being stalked -- something as simple as the dates and time a so-called stalker threatened their space

Technology isn't making it any easier on these victims.

"They are using computers, they can track with cars, cell phones. The technology has made it a lot easier for these guys to find their victims, just by way of the world is. People are going to social media. Facebook, all of those things, are good tracking devices for them," said Julie Proctor with Safe House in Henderson.

A domestic violence survivor herself, Proctor sees how stalking can often be overlooked when not reported properly.

Safe House works closely with Safe Nest in Las Vegas, also a shelter for victims of domestic abuse. Maria Outcalt with Safe Nest says the only way to make stalking a priority for law enforcement is by keeping track of someone who might be making you a victim of it.

"Report if you think it's happening. It doesn't matter if nothing is done, the report is there. Then if the person continues to stalk them, it is important to keep a note or a calendar if you need to," she said.

Both Proctor and Outcalt have worked with women who have had to relocate and move out of Nevada because their stalker wouldn't leave them alone.

You can be arrested and charged for stalking and if you are caught crossing state lines in search of your victim, that is considered a federal offense.