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NCJ Number: 208603 Find in a Library
Title: Victims of Stalking: A Study of Service Needs as Perceived by Victim Services Practitioners
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:16  Issue:1  Dated:January 2001  Pages:86-94
Author(s): Emily Spence-Diehl; Miriam Potocky-Tripodi
Date Published: January 2001
Page Count: 9
Publisher: http://www.sagepub.com/ 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study explored the provision of crime-victim services to stalking victims.
Abstract: Over the past decade there has been increasing research attention paid to the problem of stalking. Although victims of stalking suffer deleterious psychological, social, and physical outcomes, the research literature is silent on service delivery to stalking victims. The current study relied on data from a 40-item questionnaire mailed to all victim services programs listed in Florida and California. The questionnaires asked respondents to describe and evaluate the needs of stalking victims and to identify the community response to victims of stalking. Of the 191 respondents, questionnaires were completed by 161 agencies, while another 30 questionnaires were partially completed. Results indicated that perceptions about stalking victims and provision of services varied widely depending upon the type of program (criminal justice versus private or university-based programs). The findings also revealed that victims of nondomestic stalking were underserved, according to respondents, and when services were provided, they were offered in an inconsistent manner. Suggestions for service provision improvement include greater service provider education and training on stalking. References
Main Term(s): Stalkers; Victim services
Index Term(s): California; Florida; Victim program surveys
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