Domestic Violence and Stalking: An Analysis Using Police Data

Heather C. Melton, University of Utah

Research contines on the link between domestic violence and stalking. Many cases involving stalking continue to be charged as domestic violence by the criminal justice system. This study analyzes a years worth of domestic violence police reports for a large Western city. The goal is to explore how many domestic violence cases carrying stalking charges when there is evidence of stalking in order to determne how the state is utilizing new stalking laws; to compare domestic violence cases that involve stalking but do not carry stalking charges to stalking cases (i.e. are there different relationships between the parties, different levels of violence or seriousness, different typexs of stalking, and so on); and finally, to compare quantitative and qualitative police data regarding domestic violence and stalking.

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Updated 05/20/2006