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Title: Legal Help-Seeking Experiences of Former Intimate-Stalking Victims
Journal: Criminal Justice Policy Review  Volume:12  Issue:2  Dated:June 2001  Pages:91-112
Author(s): Mary P. Brewster
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 95-WT-NX-0002
Dataset: DATASET 1
Publisher: http://www.sagepub.com 
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined stalking victims' experiences in the legal system.
Abstract: Data for this study were gathered through extensive interviews with 187 women who were stalked by former intimate partners. Most victims initially attempted to handle the situation themselves, the majority ultimately sought assistance from the legal system. Logistic regression analyses examined predictors of legal help seeking. Predictors of seeking any type of legal help, filing for a protection from abuse order or temporary restraining order, and/or seeking police assistance included age (older women were more likely to seek help), race (white women were most likely to seek assistance), the presence of threats of violence, violent acts by the stalker, and length of stalking. Likert-type scale ratings by victims of the police, prosecutors', and judges' handling of their cases revealed greatest satisfaction with judges, followed by prosecutors. The study suggests ways in which the system can better respond to the needs of stalking victims. Policy recommendations include greater criminal justice responsiveness to victims of stalking and more coordinated efforts between the police and courts. Tables, notes, references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Courts; Judges; NIJ grant-related documents; Personal Security/Self Protection; Prosecutors; Research uses in policymaking; Restraining orders; Stalkers; Threat assessment; Victims of Crime
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