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NCJ Number: 152118 Find in a Library
Title: Stalking Stopped in Its Tracks
Journal: Police: The Law Enforcement Magazine  Volume:18  Issue:9  Dated:(September 1994)  Pages:36-39,75
Author(s): K Benson
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 5
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The model antistalking code developed by the National Criminal Justice Association for the National Institute of Justice in 1993 creates a multidisciplinary approach for protecting victims and arresting, prosecuting, and managing stalkers in ways that are constitutional and enforceable.
Abstract: The task of protecting stalking victims is enormous, because the country has an estimated 200,000 stalkers. Although many States have enacted stalking legislation, the laws lack a consistent vision and a supportive database. The model code defines stalking as a pattern of behavior that may or may not include threats but causes fear. It also recommends making stalking a felony and allows for protective orders or bail to restrict movement or behavior. Approximately 80-90 percent of stalking cases are extensions of domestic violence, involving people who have been in a relationship with one another. Most of these stalkers are males, although females form a strong minority. Another type of stalking involves a perpetrator, usually a female, who believes that the victim, who may be a public figure or celebrity, loves her. The third type of stalker is usually an older unmarried man whose victim is a young attractive female in the entertainment industry and who rarely seeks personal contact, rarely threatens, and rarely takes violent action. The first step in handling a stalking case is knowing what kind it is. The other basic steps are to write a good report, to investigate the case thoroughly, to provide interim relief such as an order of protection or a temporary restraining order, and provide tireless followup. Photographs and case examples from Illinois and California
Main Term(s): Police crime-prevention
Index Term(s): Anti-stalking laws; Stalkers
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