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Stalking Victims in the United States - Revised

NCJ Number
Date Published
September 2012
16 pages
Katrina Baum Ph.D.; Shannan Catalano Ph.D.; Michael Rand; Kristina Rose
Publication Series
This report presents findings on nonfatal stalking victimization in the United States, based on the largest data collection of such behavior to date.
Data were collected in a supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) and sponsored by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). Topics covered in the report are stalking and harassment prevalence rates by demographic characteristics, offender characteristics, victim-offender relationship, duration of stalking, cyberstalking, protection measures, and emotional impact. The report also includes data on whether victims sought help from others, involvement of a weapon, injuries, other crimes perpetrated by the stalker, and response by the criminal justice system. Highlights include the following: About half (46 percent) of stalking victims experienced at least one unwanted contact per week, and 11 percent of victims said they had been stalked for 5 years or more; approximately one in four stalking victims reported some form of cyberstalking such as e-mail (83 percent) or instant messaging (35 percent); women were at greater risk than men for stalking victimization; however, women and men were equally likely to experience harassment. 14 tables and 20 appended tables

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