Female victims of stalking

Modena Group on Stalking

Female victims of stalking

Recognition and intervention models: a European study

Printed Edition


Pages: 112

ISBN: 9788846466525

Edition: 1a edizione 2005

Publisher code: 287.4

Availability: Discreta

This volume comprises a series of articles about stalking, written by members of the Modena Group on Stalking (MGS).

Stalking is a complex pattern of behaviours in which one individual inflicts upon another repeated unwanted communications and/or intrusions which give rise to distress and fear in the victim.

In itself, this common form of interpersonal violence often causes psychological damage to victims, who are in the majority female: furthermore, it is associated with physical aggression. MGS researchers address stalking from a multidisciplinary and international perspective, dealing with diverse issues such as conceptual and definitional problems, problems in prosecuting this crime through specific laws, the estimation of stalking prevalence, psychological consequences for the victims and the psychological characteristics of stalkers.

The authors deal also with the risk of physical aggression in stalking and the role of police intervention.

Special attention is given to the key role of helping professionals, whose early recognition of stalking and rapid intervention are central, both in terms of reducing sequelae in the victim and of managing and treating the stalker. The book reports on the results of a multi-centre research project, aimed at exploring the recognition and perception of stalking cases by police officers and general practitioners in the four Countries in which the MGS members work: Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Italy.

The Modena Group on Stalking (MGS) is a multidisciplinary European stalking research group, comprising psychiatrists, psychologists and lawyers. Its members are: Paolo Curci, Laura De Fazio, Salvatore Luberto (Project coordinator), Cesare Secchi, Gian Maria Galeazzi, Giovanni Neri, Geert Vervaeke, Anne Groenen, Paul Emmelkamp, Jan-Henk Kamphuis, Frank Farnham, David James.

The MGS maintains a website: http://stalking.medlegmo.unimo.it

Salvatore Luberto, Introduction
Laura De Fazio, Gian Maria Galeazzi, Stalking: phenomenon and research
(Introduction; Why is it difficult to define stalking?; How widespread is stalking?; Why is it difficult to prosecute stalking?; Unsolved problems; Stalking and the helping professions: research by the Modena Group on Stalking; References)
Jan H. Kamphuis, Paul M. G. Emmelkamp, The psychology of stalking: an introduction to the field and its problems
(Introduction; Stalking: definition and phenomenology; What are the psychological consequences of these experiences?; Who develops PTSD following stalking?; What do we know about the psychology of the stalker?; Prevention and intervention; Conclusion; References)
David V. James, Frank R. Farnham, Stalkers and violence
(Introduction; Prevalence of assaultive violence in stalking; Research definitions of stalking; Victims of assaultive violence; Associations of violence; Definitions of violence; Associations of serious violence; Threats and violence; Violence against property; Motivation for assaultive violence; Preventing violence; Conclusion; References)
Anne Groenen, Geert Vervaeke, Characteristics of reported stalking incidents and guidelines for police interventions
(Introduction; Likelihood of reporting stalking to the police; Reported stalking incidents; Research; Discussion and some guidelines for police intervention; References
Modena Group on Stalking (MGS), Recognition and perceptions of stalking by police officers and general practitioners: a multi-centre Euro-pean study
(Introduction; Method; Results; Discussion; Differences in sensitivity to stalking; Differences in mental models of stalking; Limitations; Looking forward; Acknowledgements; References; Appendix)

Contributors: Laura De Fazio, Paul M.G. Emmelkamp, Frank R. Farnham, Gian Maria Galeazzi, Anne Groenen, David V. James, Jan H. Kamphuis, Salvatore Luberto, Geert Vervaeke

Serie: Criminologia

Subjects: Law, Justice - Women, Gender Policies - Gender Studies

Level: Scholarly Research

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