Why stalkers stalk and the role of the criminal justice system.

Kita, Sarah (2008) Why stalkers stalk and the role of the criminal justice system. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This literature review provides a critical analysis of why stalkers stalk and investigates how effective the criminal justice system in England and Wales is at responding to the problem of stalking. Stalking is a long established behaviour and is perhaps more common than people believe. The review aimed to critically examine the nature and extent of stalking; discuss attempts made to classify stalkers; examine different psychological theories and motivations, and to examine more closely the links between violence and stalking. Research has demonstrated that the question of why stalkers stalk is a difficult one to answer. Numerous elements of the crime, the offender and the victim need to be carefully examined. What is clear is that stalkers are mostly male and victims of stalking are mostly female. Stalking is often the result of the breaking up of an intimate relationship, and it is in these circumstances that victims are at the highest risk of violence. In addition, stalking seems to be very apparent in cases of domestic violence. It is argued that although the world is more knowledgeable about stalking, there is much to be done in terms of research, education, guidance and training in order to further increase awareness and improve the criminal justice systems effectiveness in response to the crime.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/507

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