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NCJ Number: NCJ 166377     Find in a Library
Title: Domestic Violence and Stalking: The Second Annual Report to Congress Under the Violence Against Women Act
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Corporate Author: US Dept of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women
Grants Office
United States of America
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 87
  Annotation: This report on stalking, the second annual report to Congress under the Violence Against Women Act, provides information on the incidence of stalking and the effectiveness of State antistalking efforts and legislation.
Abstract: During the past few years, domestic violence has received significant national attention. Domestic violence occurs on a continuum ranging from emotional abuse at one end to homicide at the other end. The escalation of violence along this continuum often follows a predictable pattern, and understanding the nature of such violence can prevent further criminal activity. Even so, many questions remain about the incidence of stalking and its relation to domestic violence, appropriate prevention and intervention strategies, and the extent to which State antistalking laws are used. Preliminary findings from the first national stalking survey are discussed, and the Federal antistalking statute and changes in State antistalking laws are examined. Strategies are presented for police officers, prosecutors, and others on how to investigate and prosecute stalking cases and ensure victim safety. Victim perceptions of the effectiveness of civil protection orders are considered, and efforts at Federal, State, and local levels to deal with stalking and domestic violence are addressed. Finally, measures to improve the understanding of violent crimes against women are described. Appendixes contain stalking code citations by State, a selected bibliography on domestic violence and stalking, and a directory of law enforcement and prosecution offices and victim service providers. 69 references, 100 notes, 10 tables, and 3 figures
Main Term(s): Victims of violence
Index Term(s): State laws ; State-by-state analyses ; Abused women ; Female victims ; Domestic assault prevention ; Violence prevention ; Anti-stalking laws ; Stalkers
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Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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