What does the Clearinghouse do?
We research and publish information resources for: professionals, the general public, and victims of online harassment and criminal cyberstalking
We do not provide intervention services
Is the online harassment getting worse? Is it causing you fear and anxiety?
Once cyberstalking reaches this point, you should report it your local police service through their non-emergency number.
What is Cyberstalking?
Criminal harassment is recurring harassing conduct which leads to a reasonable fear for life and safety
Cyberstalking is criminal harassment via electronic networks or devices
How can you be cyberstalked?
Cyberstalking includes unwanted contact or harassment over computer networks, including any electronic device which connects to the Internet, or private intranets.
It can include threats or attacks via: e-mail, instant messages, web forums, and many other online communications mediums
Searchable databases of online articles, papers, handbooks and other materials
Links to agencies and institutions working in the practical, academic and technical fields surrounding cyberstalking victimization
A communications network for professionals in these fields
We provide information and tips which may help stop online harassment before it reaches the point of becoming criminal
We also present information on law enforcement procedure and court processes to help you understand the justice system
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Canadian Clearinghouse on Cyberstalking
In Canada, cyberstalking is defined as a pattern of harassment by electronic means which causes a person to have a reasonable fear for their life or safety of person. As the use of the Internet for everyday communications and social networking has increased, so too have the incidents of criminal harassment through the Internet.
The purpose of the Canadian Clearinghouse on Cyberstalking is to provide a central information resource of publicly available information on the topic for Canadians who experience online harassment, and for the international professional community.
Our site includes the:
- Research Centre, with a searchable research articles database and a links directory, both organized by topical keywords
- Fact Sheets section, with basic information on the crime of cyberstalking and criminal harassment in Canada, on how to recognize it, and how to help when someone you know is experiencing electronic harassment or is going through the criminal justice system
- Need Help? area, where those being harassed online can look for information on this crime, and view steps they can take to stop harassment before it reaches the point of becoming criminal cyberstalking. Once the offender reaches the point of causing a reasonable person to fear for their life or safety, the crime needs to be reported to police. By arming victims with an understanding of what criminal cyberstalking is, how it is defined, how police and the courts view it, we hope to encourage more victims of this crime to report the offender
Latest update: May 7, 2013