Stalking: patterns, motives and intervention strategies

MILLER Laurence
Journal article citation:
Aggression and Violent Behavior, 17(6), November 2012, pp.495-506.

Stalking is generally defined as an intentional pattern of repeated intrusive and intimidating behaviours towards a specific person that causes the target to feel harassed, threatened and fearful, or that a reasonable person would regard as such. This article reports on a review of the literature, covering stalking definition and demographics, stalking typologies and motivations for stalking, the psychology of stalking, stalking and violence, and cyberstalking (involving the use of computers or other electronic communication-based technology). It also looks at victim responses and stalking intervention strategies, including the effect on stalking victims, victim coping responses, and stalker deterrent strategies. It notes that threat management specialists have proposed several recommendations that can make it easier for a victim to deter and discourage a stalker.

Subject terms:
information technology, psychology, aggression, computers, crime victims, harassment;
Content type:
research review
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