2) Keep a Log
It is crucial that harassment victims maintain a log of what has happened to them. Recording this detailed information will help to justify the need for a restraining order, and if the case leads to a trial, these logs will help you recall specific details about incidents that may have happened some time ago.
- This log should be used to document all harassing behavior, including phone calls, e-mails, letters, property destruction, and threats, including those communicated through someone else.
- When reporting the incidents to law enforcement, always write down the officer's name and badge number for your own records. Even if the officers do not make an arrest, you can ask them to make a written report and request a copy for your records.
- Since this information could potentially be introduced as evidence or inadvertently shared with the harasser at a future time, do not include any information that you do not want him/her to see.
- Attach a photograph of the harasser, photocopies of restraining orders, police reports, and other relevant documents. Keep the log in a safe place and tell someone you trust where you keep the log.