Predicting the Occurrence of Stalking in Relationships Characterized by Domestic Violence

Heather C. Melton, University of Utah

Of critical import to the study of stalking in the context of domestic violence is the ability to predict in what domestic viiolence relationships iut is most likely to occur. Using longitudinal interviews of abattered women whose cases have gone through the criminal justice system in three jurisdictions in the U.S., this paper attempts to do this. Explored are the types of stalking behaviors experienced, the prevalence of stalking in this population, and how these behaviors change over time. The goal is to identify specific variables that predict whether or not stalking is likely to occur over time. Implications for how we respond to this problem will be discussed.

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