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Stalking Victimization in the United States
Katrina Baum (au); Shannan Catalano (au); Michael Rand (au)
Stalking is defined as a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. The SupplementalVictimization Survey (SVS), which is the basis of this report, was conducted in 2006. The SVS identified seven types of harassing or unwanted behaviors consistent with a course of conduct experienced by stalking victims. The survey classified individuals as stalking victims if they responded that they experienced at least one of these behaviors on at least two separate occasions. In addition, the individuals must have feared for their safety or that of a family member as a result of the course of conduct, or have experienced additional threatening behaviors that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. The Dept. of Justice (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women funded the 2006 SVS as a supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey(NCVS) to enhance empirical knowledge about stalking. The SVS, which represents the largest study of stalking conducted to date, incorporated elements contained in federal and state laws to construct a working definition of stalking. This report presents information on stalking victimization. Harassment is discussed where appropriate to provide fuller context. Tables.
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