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Recognizing and Responding to Stalking

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for “Recognizing and Responding to Stalking.”

Session Description:

Stalking is criminal, traumatic, dangerous, and often misunderstood. This training introduces the crime of stalking, focusing on the definition, prevalence, dynamics, behaviors, and intersections with other victimizations, including intimate partner violence and sexual violence. The presenter will discuss common stalking tactics used by perpetrators, including the use of technology to stalk, strategies to assess risk and promote victim safety, as well as techniques to investigate and document stalking.

Learning Objectives:

By attending this training, participants will be able to:

·       Identify commonly used stalking tactics.

·       Discuss the intersections of stalking and other types of violence, including intimate partner violence and sexual violence.

·       Identify strategies to assess stalking risk and promote victim safety.


Dana Fleitman (M.A.Ed.H.D) has been with the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC) since 2018. In her role as Training and Awareness Specialist, she provides training and technical assistance to multidisciplinary professionals across the country on recognizing and responding to stalking. Dana is a skilled trainer who leads in-person and online workshops on topics including stalking behaviors and dynamics, stalking on campuses, the use of technology to stalk, risk assessment, and safety planning. With a focus on public awareness, Dana also authors original resources – including ready-to-use curricula, discussion guides, and publications on stalking – and leads SPARC’s National Stalking Awareness Month efforts each January, designing and creating SPARC’s social media campaigns as well as infographics and videos year-round. Prior to joining SPARC, Dana was the Senior Manager of Prevention and Training Programs at Jewish Women International (JWI). At JWI, she created, delivered, and managed multiple educational programs on intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and healthy masculinity for audiences ranging from teens to professionals in the field, with a special emphasis on college campuses. Her previous work includes coordinating training and technical assistance for the HHS Office of Adolescent Health teen pregnancy prevention grantees. She also has direct service experience with groups, including foster teens, refugees, and recent immigrants. Dana graduated from American University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and George Washington University with a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development. She is based in the Washington, D.C. area.

Credits: This training has been approved for Career Development partial in-service credit (PIC) for law enforcement.

Training Time and Details:  Registration begins at 8:00 am, and training starts at 8:30 am.  Lunch is on your own.

Participant Registration and Cost: This training is free for victim-serving professionals. Participants need to register in advance. Please click here to register.

DCJS Page Contact

Tricia Everetts
Victims Services Training Coordinator
Victims Services
(804) 292-4892