Stalking Victims: Empowerment, Self-Efficacy, and Experiences With the Court

Mary A. Finn, Georgia State University

This paper examines the experiences of stalking victims with the criminal courts and examines changes in their levels of empowerment and self-efficacy as a result of those experiences. The sample (n=15) consists of adult female victims of stalking perpetrated by an intimate partner in two urban counties. A quasi-experimental longitudinal design examines changes in victims' levels of empowerment and self-efficacy at court intake (Time 1) at court disposition (Time 2) and six months after court disposition (Time 3) as a function of the type of prosecutorial strategy employed (no drop versus traditional), victims' prior experiences with the criminal justice system and with intimate partner violence, and case outcome.

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