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Stalking generally refers to a course of conduct directed at a specific person that involves repeated visual or physical proximity; nonconsensual communication; verbal, written, or implied threats; or a combination of these actions that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Like domestic violence, stalking is a crime of power and control. Stalking between intimate partners is widespread and often associated with lethal abuse. Victims of stalking may experience anxiety, insomnia, social dysfunction, and severe depression at a higher prevalence than the general population.

Stalking is a crime in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Territories, and the Federal Government. Each year, January is recognized as National Stalking Awareness Month in an effort to educate the public about the serious—and at times deadly—crime of stalking.

The following resources are provided to help increase public awareness of the dangers of stalking.


OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (May 2013) OVC, Report, 63 pages, NCJ 239957.
The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim assistance field. This Final Report provides a set of findings and broad recommendations, informed by stakeholder forums and literature reviews, that form a framework for strategic, transformative change. The Final Report outlines ways the field can overcome the obstacles it faces and change how it meets victims' needs and addresses those who perpetrate crime.
Abstract | PDF (Full Report) | PDF (Summary & Recommendations) | PDF (At a Glance Fact Sheet)
 
Voice of the Victim: A Perspectives Spotlight Issue (2012) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 100 pages, NCJ 238382.
Through OVC support, this special edition of the American Probation and Parole Association's Perspectives provides a collection of informative, thought-provoking articles to support community corrections professionals in incorporating victims' rights and services into daily practice. This resource teaches readers that victims' rights to information, notification, restitution, and participation are an integral component of community corrections.
Abstract | PDF
 
OVC HELP Series for Crime Victims (June 2012) OVC
This series of nine brochures features information and resources for victims of crime and victim service professionals on the topics of assault, child abuse, domestic violence, homicide, impaired driving, robbery, sexual violence, and stalking. Each brochure defines a type of victimization; discusses what to do if you are a victim of this crime and where to go for help; and provides resources for more information and assistance.
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What You Can Do If You Are A Victim of Crime (2010) OVC, BC 000767.
This OVC brochure explains the rights of victims of crime and the compensation and assistance resources available to them. It also lists national organizations that help victims find information or obtain referrals.
PDF | HTML
 

OJP Publications

Stalking Victims in the United States - Revised (September 2012) BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 16 pages, NCJ 224527.
This resource presents findings on nonfatal stalking victimization in the U.S., based on the largest data collection of such behavior to date.

Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 
Investigation and Prosecution of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Stalking (August 2010) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 246 pages, NCJ 236429.
This examination of sexual-assault, domestic-violence, and stalking cases reported to Alaska State Troopers during various time periods addressed characteristics of suspects, victims, incidents, witnesses, and legal resolution, with attention to predictors of legal resolutions, and whether rural cases were less likely to have successful legal resolutions.
Abstract | PDF
 
Profile of Intimate Partner Violence Cases in Large Urban Counties (October 2009) BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 12 pages, NCJ 228193.
Examines the characteristics and processing of 3,750 cases of intimate partner violence, filed in the state courts of 16 large urban counties in May 2002. Topics covered include the types of charges filed against defendants, incident-specific information such as victim injury, defendant weapon use, evidence obtained, adjudication outcomes, and sentences imposed on convicted defendants.

Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 
Female Victims of Violence (September 2009) BJS, Report, BJS Selected Findings, 8 pages, NCJ 228356.
This report provides the current findings on nonfatal and fatal violent crimes committed against females.

Part Of the BJS Selected Findings Series Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 
Kentucky Civil Protective Order Study: A Rural and Urban Multiple Perspective Study of Protective Order Violation Consequences, Responses, and Costs (September 2009) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 182 pages, NCJ 228350.
This study compared the effectiveness, enforcement, and cost-effectiveness of civil protective orders (POs) in protecting victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) in rural and urban areas of Kentucky.
Abstract | PDF (Full Report)
 

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Stalking generally refers to a course of conduct directed at a specific person that involves repeated visual or physical proximity; nonconsensual communication; verbal, written, or implied threats; or a combination of these actions that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Like domestic violence, stalking is a crime of power and control. Stalking between intimate partners is widespread and often associated with lethal abuse. Victims of stalking may experience anxiety, insomnia, social dysfunction, and severe depression at a higher prevalence than the general population.

Stalking is a crime in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Territories, and the Federal Government. Each year, January is recognized as National Stalking Awareness Month in an effort to educate the public about the serious—and at times deadly—crime of stalking.

The following resources are provided to help increase public awareness of the dangers of stalking.


Stalking generally refers to a course of conduct directed at a specific person that involves repeated visual or physical proximity; nonconsensual communication; verbal, written, or implied threats; or a combination of these actions that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Like domestic violence, stalking is a crime of power and control. Stalking between intimate partners is widespread and often associated with lethal abuse. Victims of stalking may experience anxiety, insomnia, social dysfunction, and severe depression at a higher prevalence than the general population.

Stalking is a crime in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Territories, and the Federal Government. Each year, January is recognized as National Stalking Awareness Month in an effort to educate the public about the serious—and at times deadly—crime of stalking.

The following resources are provided to help increase public awareness of the dangers of stalking.


Each month the Nation's experts answer your questions about best practices in victim services. Below are upcoming and most recent session discussions in this topic:

On Jan 22 2014 at 2:00PM, Rebecca Dreke, Deputy Director of the Stalking Resource Center at the National Center for Victims of Crime, and Connie Kirkland, Director of Student Mental Health and Behavior at Northern Virginia Community College, hosted a discussion on Responding to Victims of Stalking on Campus

On Jan 26 2011 at 2:00PM, Travis Fritsch, Program Manager for the Mary Byron Project, and Trudy Gregorie, Senior Director of Justice Solutions, and Karin Ho, Administrator of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction's Office of Victim Services, hosted a discussion on Assisting Stalking Victims Using Victim Notification

On Jan 19 2010 at 2:00PM, Rebecca Dreke, Senior Program Associate with the Stalking Resource Center at the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), and Michael Proctor, law enforcement veteran and a former detective with the Westminster Police Department’s Family Protection Unit, hosted a discussion on Stalking in the Workplace

On Jan 21 2009 at 2:00PM, Michelle Garcia, Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime Stalking Resource Center, and Cindy Southworth, Founder and Director of Safety Net: The National Safe & Strategic Technology Project, hosted a discussion on Addressing Technology and Stalking

On Jan 9 2008 at 2:00PM, Michelle Garcia, Director of the Stalking Resource Center at the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), hosted a discussion on Assisting Victims of Intimate Partner Stalking

Stalking generally refers to a course of conduct directed at a specific person that involves repeated visual or physical proximity; nonconsensual communication; verbal, written, or implied threats; or a combination of these actions that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Like domestic violence, stalking is a crime of power and control. Stalking between intimate partners is widespread and often associated with lethal abuse. Victims of stalking may experience anxiety, insomnia, social dysfunction, and severe depression at a higher prevalence than the general population.

Stalking is a crime in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Territories, and the Federal Government. Each year, January is recognized as National Stalking Awareness Month in an effort to educate the public about the serious—and at times deadly—crime of stalking.

The following resources are provided to help increase public awareness of the dangers of stalking.


I am crime victim, how can I get help?
Help in your area is available from your State/Local Victim Compensation and Assistance programs. As... Read More

What can I do if I am a victim of stalking?
If you are a victim of stalking, call your local police department's emergency number (911) to repor... Read More

How can I order OVC publications and products?
Many OVC publications and products are available in hardcopy and can be ordered from the National Cr... Read More

Who can I contact to help me develop a safety plan?
If your local police department employs a victim advocate, he/she maybe able to help you develop a s... Read More

What is Vision 21?
The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand th... Read More

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Stalking generally refers to a course of conduct directed at a specific person that involves repeated visual or physical proximity; nonconsensual communication; verbal, written, or implied threats; or a combination of these actions that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Like domestic violence, stalking is a crime of power and control. Stalking between intimate partners is widespread and often associated with lethal abuse. Victims of stalking may experience anxiety, insomnia, social dysfunction, and severe depression at a higher prevalence than the general population.

Stalking is a crime in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Territories, and the Federal Government. Each year, January is recognized as National Stalking Awareness Month in an effort to educate the public about the serious—and at times deadly—crime of stalking.

The following resources are provided to help increase public awareness of the dangers of stalking.


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Stalking generally refers to a course of conduct directed at a specific person that involves repeated visual or physical proximity; nonconsensual communication; verbal, written, or implied threats; or a combination of these actions that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Like domestic violence, stalking is a crime of power and control. Stalking between intimate partners is widespread and often associated with lethal abuse. Victims of stalking may experience anxiety, insomnia, social dysfunction, and severe depression at a higher prevalence than the general population.

Stalking is a crime in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Territories, and the Federal Government. Each year, January is recognized as National Stalking Awareness Month in an effort to educate the public about the serious—and at times deadly—crime of stalking.

The following resources are provided to help increase public awareness of the dangers of stalking.


Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (May 2013) OVC, Report, 63 pages, NCJ 239957. The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim assistance field. This Final Report provides a set of findings and broad recommendations, informed by stakeholder forums and literature reviews, that form a framework for strategic, transformative change. The Final Report outlines ways the field can overcome the obstacles it faces and change how it meets victims' needs and addresses those who perpetrate crime.
Abstract | PDF (Full Report) | PDF (Summary & Recommendations) | PDF (At a Glance Fact Sheet)
 
Voice of the Victim: A Perspectives Spotlight Issue (2012) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 100 pages, NCJ 238382. Through OVC support, this special edition of the American Probation and Parole Association's Perspectives provides a collection of informative, thought-provoking articles to support community corrections professionals in incorporating victims' rights and services into daily practice. This resource teaches readers that victims' rights to information, notification, restitution, and participation are an integral component of community corrections.
Abstract | PDF
 
OVC HELP Series for Crime Victims (June 2012) OVC This series of nine brochures features information and resources for victims of crime and victim service professionals on the topics of assault, child abuse, domestic violence, homicide, impaired driving, robbery, sexual violence, and stalking. Each brochure defines a type of victimization; discusses what to do if you are a victim of this crime and where to go for help; and provides resources for more information and assistance.
HTML
 
What You Can Do If You Are A Victim of Crime (2010) OVC, BC 000767. This OVC brochure explains the rights of victims of crime and the compensation and assistance resources available to them. It also lists national organizations that help victims find information or obtain referrals.
PDF | HTML
 

OJP Publications

Stalking Victims in the United States - Revised (September 2012) BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 16 pages, NCJ 224527. This resource presents findings on nonfatal stalking victimization in the U.S., based on the largest data collection of such behavior to date.
Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 
Investigation and Prosecution of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Stalking (August 2010) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 246 pages, NCJ 236429. This examination of sexual-assault, domestic-violence, and stalking cases reported to Alaska State Troopers during various time periods addressed characteristics of suspects, victims, incidents, witnesses, and legal resolution, with attention to predictors of legal resolutions, and whether rural cases were less likely to have successful legal resolutions.
Abstract | PDF
 
Profile of Intimate Partner Violence Cases in Large Urban Counties (October 2009) BJS, Report, BJS Special Reports, 12 pages, NCJ 228193. Examines the characteristics and processing of 3,750 cases of intimate partner violence, filed in the state courts of 16 large urban counties in May 2002. Topics covered include the types of charges filed against defendants, incident-specific information such as victim injury, defendant weapon use, evidence obtained, adjudication outcomes, and sentences imposed on convicted defendants.
Part Of the BJS Special Reports Series
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 
Female Victims of Violence (September 2009) BJS, Report, BJS Selected Findings, 8 pages, NCJ 228356. This report provides the current findings on nonfatal and fatal violent crimes committed against females.
Part Of the BJS Selected Findings Series
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 
Kentucky Civil Protective Order Study: A Rural and Urban Multiple Perspective Study of Protective Order Violation Consequences, Responses, and Costs (September 2009) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 182 pages, NCJ 228350. This study compared the effectiveness, enforcement, and cost-effectiveness of civil protective orders (POs) in protecting victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) in rural and urban areas of Kentucky.
Abstract | PDF (Full Report)
 

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Related Resources

OVC Funded Resources

The Use of Technology to Stalk: An Online Course
Produced by the Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime with funding from OVC, this free self-paced, interactive online training will help increase the ability of criminal justice professionals and victim service providers to recognize how stalkers use technology and, ultimately, enhance their ability to work with victims of stalking. This course highlights: how stalkers use technologies to locate, harass, and surveil their victims; steps to assist in investigating stalking crimes; and how to support victims of stalking.
 

Federal Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS)
NISVS provides data on rape, physical violence, and stalking by an intimate partner in the United States along with rates of health and mental health problems associated with victimization.
 
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
Sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs, NCJRS offers information on victimology and victim assistance, criminal justice, juvenile justice, information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide. NCJRS supplies the victim services field with resources, publications, and program information. The NCJRS library collection includes more than 30,000 resources relevant to the field.
 
NCJRS: Internet Safety Special Feature
The NCJRS Internet Safety Special Feature presents a compilation of resources on internet safety for children and consumers, internet privacy, and cyberbullying.
 
NCJRS: Stalking Awareness Special Feature
The NCJRS Stalking Awareness Special Feature presents publications and resources related to stalking.
 
Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
OVW, a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, provides federal leadership to reduce violence against women and to administer justice for and strengthen services to all victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services (ADWAS)
ADWAS provides comprehensive services to deaf and deaf-blind victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking.
 
Aurora Center
The Aurora Center's mission is to recognize and reduce sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking on campus and to create an atmosphere where all members of the community can learn, work, and live to their full potential.
 
CyberAngels
This large safety Internet organization offers educational programs and support groups for victims of stalking and harassment over the Internet (cyberstalking). Cyberangels, a program of guardian angels, also presents tips on documenting and reporting cyberstalking.
 
End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI)
This organization seeks to educate those who respond to gender-based violence, equipping them with the knowledge and tools they need to support victims and hold perpetrators accountable. EVAWI maintains a comprehensive resource library of publications, policies, protocols, and training tools on topics such as domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, cold cases, trauma, human trafficking and more.
 
The Wireless Foundation: Call to Protect Program
This program distributes wireless phones to help combat domestic violence. The program is a national initiative of the wireless industry and National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
 

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Web Forum Discussions

Each month the Nation's experts answer your questions about best practices in victim services. Below are upcoming and most recent session discussions in this topic:

On Jan 22 2014 at 2:00PM, Rebecca Dreke, Deputy Director of the Stalking Resource Center at the National Center for Victims of Crime, and Connie Kirkland, Director of Student Mental Health and Behavior at Northern Virginia Community College, hosted a discussion on Responding to Victims of Stalking on Campus

On Jan 26 2011 at 2:00PM, Travis Fritsch, Program Manager for the Mary Byron Project, and Trudy Gregorie, Senior Director of Justice Solutions, and Karin Ho, Administrator of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction's Office of Victim Services, hosted a discussion on Assisting Stalking Victims Using Victim Notification

On Jan 19 2010 at 2:00PM, Rebecca Dreke, Senior Program Associate with the Stalking Resource Center at the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), and Michael Proctor, law enforcement veteran and a former detective with the Westminster Police Department’s Family Protection Unit, hosted a discussion on Stalking in the Workplace

On Jan 21 2009 at 2:00PM, Michelle Garcia, Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime Stalking Resource Center, and Cindy Southworth, Founder and Director of Safety Net: The National Safe & Strategic Technology Project, hosted a discussion on Addressing Technology and Stalking

On Jan 9 2008 at 2:00PM, Michelle Garcia, Director of the Stalking Resource Center at the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), hosted a discussion on Assisting Victims of Intimate Partner Stalking


FAQs

I am crime victim, how can I get help?
Help in your area is available from your State/Local Victim Compensation and Assistance programs. As... Read More

What can I do if I am a victim of stalking?
If you are a victim of stalking, call your local police department's emergency number (911) to repor... Read More

How can I order OVC publications and products?
Many OVC publications and products are available in hardcopy and can be ordered from the National Cr... Read More

Who can I contact to help me develop a safety plan?
If your local police department employs a victim advocate, he/she maybe able to help you develop a s... Read More

What is Vision 21?
The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand th... Read More

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Funding

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