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NCJ Number: 176316 Find in a Library
Title: Stalking Behavior and the Cycle of Domestic Violence
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:12  Issue:3  Dated:June 1997  Pages:420-432
Author(s): F L Coleman
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 13
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the behavioral definition of stalking, investigates the role stalking plays in the cycle of domestic violence and develops demographic profiles of stalkers and their victims.
Abstract: A total of 141 female undergraduates completed a questionnaire designed to assess the occurrence of threatening or violent behaviors in former heterosexual, romantic relationships. Subjects were placed in a control, harassed or stalked group based on their responses to several questions on Florida's antistalking law. The Conflict Tactics Scale was used to assess the presence of domestic violence during the relationships, and the Stalking Behavior Checklist was used to measure the occurrence of stalking behaviors after the relationship had ended. Subjects who reported significantly more verbal and physical abuse during the relationships were more likely to be stalked by their former partners after the relationships ended. No clear demographic profile emerged that discriminated the stalking victims and perpetrators from partners in relationships that did not involve stalking. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Anti-stalking laws; Domestic assault; Questionnaires; Sexual assault victims; Stalkers; Threat assessment; Victim-offender relationships; Violent crimes; Violent offenders
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