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NCJ Number: 207871 Find in a Library
Title: Conceptualizing the Duration of Stalking Episodes: The Principle of Retroactive Identification
Journal: Crime and Justice International  Volume:20  Issue:83  Dated:November/December 2004  Pages:31-35
Author(s): Katauyoon Parsi Boetig; Brian Parsi Boetig
Date Published: November 2004
Page Count: 5
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the principle behind retroactive identification, where previous hidden stalking behaviors are identified and used to provide an explanation for delays in reporting stalking episodes.
Abstract: Retroactive identification identifies early stalking behaviors previously dismissed by the victims as harmless gestures and re-identifies them as behaviors composing of a continuous stalking episode once the victim realizes he/she is being stalked. A crucial reason for examining retroactive identification is to rationalize delays in reporting stalking incidents. The reporting delay stigma may cause biases against the victim and ultimately inhibit the process of obtaining a restraining order or court conviction. The principle of retroactive identification can assist in providing a better understanding of stalking and assist in articulating delays in reporting of stalking episodes and the varying durations reported for stalking episodes in existing research. 30 Endnotes
Main Term(s): Stalkers
Index Term(s): Citizen crime reporting; Court delays; Court orders; Personal Security/Self Protection; Restraining orders; Threat assessment; Victims of Crime; Victims of violent crime
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