Resources,books and links about stalking

Excerpt from book review by John Ellard, Psychiatrist Balmoral Beach, NSW about "Survivng Stalking" by Michele Pathe (click on link below for full review, iSBN and how to order the book)
"To be stalked is an unhappy experience. The consequences range from a continuing disquiet to gross disruption of one’s life, thoughts of suicide, and the development of a range of psychiatric disorders. Since some victims keep quiet about being stalked its exact prevalence is not known, but one large survey in the United States found that 8% of women and 2% of men had been stalked at some time in their lives. Usually it goes on for months, but occasionally it continues for years."

Surviving Stalking by Michele Pathe (book review)

Network for Surviving Stalking (UK)

Stalking:Policing and Prosecuting Practices in three Australian Jurisdictions (Australian Institute of Criminology)

Conference paper on stalking

Stalkers (an excerpt from the book The New Executive Protection Bible M.J. Braunig)

First Comprehensive Review of Stalking in UK Published by Chubb Insurance

Every breath you take (cyber stalking)

Stalking references at the Australian Institute of Criminology (enter "stalking" in search box at AIC site)

Article from American Journal of Psychiatry about impacts of stalking on women (PTSD etc)"Traumatic Distress amongst support seeking female victims of stalking"

Stalking : criminal justice responses (Australian conference papers - excellent resource)

Click here to read a text version of a "Australian Legislative Responses to stalking" by Dr Gregor Urbas (Australian Institute of Criminology) history of stalking legislation and comparison between Australian states
(DISCLAIMER:This paper and others may not be completely up to date. Please check the legislation carefully for your own State on you State's website. For example the html version of this paper leaves out (Under Sec 359F) numbered paragraphs (5-12) CHECK THE QLD Government Legislation Site to read the whole Section***)

Tim Field's Bully on Line Website - Information about Stalking and associated resources

The Stalking and Threat Management Centre (Melbourne,Victoria,Australia)

Violence Against Women Online Resources (Stalking)

Stalking Resource Centre (USA)

Rethinking advice to Stalking Victims
Quote from rethinking our advice to Stalking Victims "One common piece of advice is telling victims that if they "just ignore the stalker, the stalking will stop." Experience has taught us that this advice seldom works. The stalker is pursuing the victim for a reason, and the behavior is likely to escalate if he or she is not getting the desired reaction from the victim. For example, if a victim who is being stalked via the Internet completely stops using the computer (even if that were possible), the stalker usually recognizes that he or she is being ignored and does something else to get the victim’s attention. Rather than ignoring the behavior, victims of stalking should seek help from trained advocates and law enforcement officers who can help them assess the threat level that the stalker poses and advise them what measures they can take to stay safe.

We are also reconsidering what to tell victims who report that stalkers are harassing or threatening them by phone. The standard advice has been that victims should disconnect their phones and get a new, unlisted phone number. Getting a new number is a good idea, but it turns out that disconnecting the old one may be a mistake. The Seattle Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit has found that when stalking victims disconnect the phone, virtually 100 percent of the stalkers escalate their contact to in-person stalking. The Seattle Police now advise victims to get a new phone number but keep their old phone line active and connected to an answering machine to capture any possible evidence.

So, if ignoring stalkers doesn’t work, what about the advice many well-meaning professionals often give victims, to tell their stalkers—once and forcefully—to leave them alone? This advice may serve a purpose if the stalker doesn’t understand that his or her attentions are unwelcome and fear-inducing. Such stalkers may stop if they are appropriately warned. However, much stalking involves unmistakably deliberate behavior that could never be confused with innocent, possibly welcome, non-criminal behavior. In such cases, encouraging a victim to have contact with the stalker, in any form, only increases the stalker’s sense of power and control. Even when a warning seems appropriate, a great deal of thought and safety planning must precede contact with the stalker. Trained law enforcement officers or other legal agents, rather than the victim, should deliver the warning (which should not be a substitute for criminal charges). Because stalkers are dangerously unpredictable, warnings can put them "over the edge," further endangering the victim.

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