A conference was held to Thursday to educate judges, district attorneys, law enforcement and other professionals about stalking as a violent crime.
January is National Stalking Awareness Month. Dozens attended the "West Texas S.O.S.- Sunset on Stalking" meeting to learn more about the crime that impacts millions each year.
The meeting was held at the Region 14 Education Services Center in Abilene.
Speakers from the Regional Victim Crisis Center discussed the challenges of prosecuting a crime that has only been around for 15 years.
"Probably one of the biggest challenges is since we haven't had it around that long lots of victims don't recognize that what is happening to them is actually a criminal offense because it's not as obvious as some things that happen to people," said James Eidson, vice president of the Board of the Crime Victim Crisis Center.
Stalking is a crime in all 50 states.