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NCJ Number: NCJ 203604     Find in a Library
Title: Stalking
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  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Corporate Author: National Ctr for Victims of Crime
United States of America
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 58
  Annotation: Following a review of the problem of stalking and the factors that contribute to it, this guide poses questions designed to help local police departments analyze stalking as a local problem; responses to stalking are described, along with police practice and relevant evaluative research.
Abstract: As used in this guide, "stalking" refers to a pattern of criminal and/or apparently innocent behavior that has the effect of inducing in victims fear for themselves or their loved ones. Stalking entails repeat victimization of a person through a series of acts, and it is partly defined by its impact on the victim. The guide notes that stalking is a widespread behavior that is often a feature of relationships that involve domestic violence. An overview of State and Federal anti-stalking laws is followed by an outline of factors that contribute to stalking. A list of the challenges that stalking poses for police is followed by a checklist of questions designed to help police departments understand the prevalence and nature of the stalking problem in their jurisdictions. Measures for determining the effectiveness of police responses to stalking are also outlined. Components of effective responses to the problem of stalking are then identified and discussed. These include identifying stalking cases early; obtaining effective victim input; ensuring that victims receive consistent, professional support services throughout the criminal justice process; using a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach; enforcing all relevant laws; assessing the threat the stalker poses; warning and arresting stalkers; and adopting a graduated-response stalking protocol. 13 references, 17 annotated recommended readings, and appended summary of responses to stalking
Main Term(s): Police policies and procedures
Index Term(s): Domestic assault ; Psychological victimization effects ; Police services for victims ; Police-victim interaction ; Criminal Justice System Response to Victims ; Anti-stalking laws
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Grant Number: 2002CKWX0003
Publication Number: ISBN 1-932582-30-4
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Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
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Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: Problem-Oriented Guides for Police Problem-Specific Guides Series No. 22; downloaded January 16, 2004.
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