Stopping the stalker: Victim responses to stalking

Terry Goldsworthy*, Matthew Raj

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Abstract

Can a person truly overcome being a victim of crime, and, if so, how? Can anyone surpass their victimization, or is it only the most resilient? Should a victim respond in a certain way to specific types of offences? The following chapter explores these questions, focusing on the offence of stalking, and examines the effectiveness of victim responses to unwanted pursuit. This chapter also refers to factors that may escalate stalking behavior, based on an empirical examination of previous studies. The authors attempt to unravel the uncertainties associated with whether or not to respond to a stalker, and highlight the need for clearer focus on victim responses and education. An illustration of stalking and persistence in management of the offence on the part of the victim is provided through the lens of one stalking victim's account, Dr Doreen Orion, an American psychiatrist. Orion met her obsessed stalker, 'Fran', in 1989. In her published account, I Know You Really Love Me: A psychiatrist's account of stalking and obsessive love, Orion explains that for eight years, she experienced a living nightmare. Orion's encounter neatly encompasses the myriad of dangers associated with the phenomenon of stalking and provides a victim perspective. It is apparent that all too often, victims do not know how to respond to stalking and are, quite often, unable to reconcile why they are the object of another's vehement affection or animosity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVictim victorious
Subtitle of host publicationFrom fire to phoenix
EditorsM-C Patron, S S Holden
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Pages15-34
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781634822381
ISBN (Print)9781634822169
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2015

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Goldsworthy, T., & Raj, M. (2015). Stopping the stalker: Victim responses to stalking. In M-C. Patron, & S. S. Holden (Eds.), Victim victorious: From fire to phoenix (pp. 15-34). United States: Nova Science Publishers.