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Statewide Study of Stalking and Its Criminal Justice Response

General Material
General Material

Consequently, it is unclear whom law enforcement identifies as stalkers, for what activities, and how the criminal justice system responds to those identified. More important, it is unknown if the under-identification and charging of stalking make any difference, specifically whether or not they compromise victim safety and/or offender accountability.

The research was designed to answer the following questions:

  1. Are police fully identifying stalking cases from among reported domestic violence cases?
  2. Do stalking cases differ from general domestic violence cases reported to police?
  3. Does it make any difference if police identify a domestic violence case as stalking as opposed to any other domestic violence charges, such as assault or violation of a protective order?