Creating an Effective Stalking Protocol

Susan Herman, National Center for Victims of Crime
Trudy Gregorie, National Center for Victims of Crime
David L. Weisburd, Hebrew University/University of Maryland
Graham Farrell, Police Foundation

ABSTRACT
Responding to stalking effectively requires a multi-disciplinary, community oriented approach that places a premium on information sharing, collaborative problem-solving and coordination of a variety of stakeholders. This project developed a model protocol for how police throughout the United States can address stalking. The protocol was developed with the help of an advisory group of experts on stalking and domestic violence that included representatives from the fields of law enforcement, victim services and prosecutors. The protopcol was adapted in the Philadelphia Police Department of evaluation. The existing approach to stalking will first be documented and then surveys and focus groups will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the protocol implementation.

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Updated 05/20/2006