Victims of stalking: A study of service needs as perceived by victim services practitioners

Emily Elizabeth Spence-Almaquer, Miriam Potocky-Tripodi

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Abstract

In the past decade, there has been a growing effort across numerous disciplines to begin to document, explain, and address the problem of stalking. Because community services for stalking victims have scarcely been addressed in the literature, this study sought to explore the provision of services to stalking victims in the context of crime-victim service delivery networks. A 40-item questionnaire was mailed to all victim services programs listed in Florida and California. Victim services practitioners (VSPs) were asked to describe and evaluate the needs of stalking victims and their communities ' responses to this population. The study found that: (a) VSPs'perceptions and provision of services varied significantly across employment settings (criminal justice vs. private/nonprofit or university-based programs), (b) victims of nondomestic stalking (perpetrated primarily by acquaintances and strangers) appear to be underserved, and (c) VSPs suggest community and service-provider education and training would help improve communities ' responses to stalking victims.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-94
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2001

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