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NCJ Number: 139982 Find in a Library
Title: Stalking Statutes
Corporate Author: National Ctr on Women and Family Law
United States of America
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: National Ctr on Women and Family Law
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Document: PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document presents two newspaper articles discussing State laws that define stalking another person as an offense; summarizes the status of State stalking legislation; and provides the text of stalking statutes in California, Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and West Virginia.
Abstract: The laws typically define stalking as willful, malicious, and repeated following and harassing another person. Most laws require that a credible threat of violence be made against the victim, and many States extend credible threat to include threats against the victim's immediate family. Experts on civil liberties have criticized the laws for inappropriate definitions. One police supervisor says that stalking cases usually involve domestic violence, workplace harassment, or stalking of a famous person. Twenty States now have stalking laws, and stalking legislation is pending in at least 12 other states.
Main Term(s): Personal Security/Self Protection; State laws
Index Term(s): Criminal codes; Offense characteristics; Victim-offender relationships
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