What makes stalking a form of domestic violence?

What makes stalking a form of domestic violence?

Stalking can be characterized as a form of domestic violence, as it may also be motivated by power and control. Stalkers and their victims are often current or former intimate partners.

What kind of behavior can be considered stalking?

Other behaviors that can qualify as stalking include, but are not limited to, interfering with the victim’s property, taking the victim’s property, collecting information on the victim, or taking pictures of the victim. Naming these behaviors as “stalking” is useful in a number of ways.

When is stalking a challenge for a victim?

Stalking poses a particular challenge for victims, as it can occur before, during, and after a visit or exchange. It is essential that supervised visitation and safe exchange program staff are able to effectively recognize and respond to stalking.

What do people do when they have a stalker?

Trying to pretend that it is not happening. Believing that they should be able to deal with the situation, thinking that the stalker will see reason, or not wanting to get the stalker into trouble. Fear that others will think they are over-reacting or that they will be blamed for somehow having encouraged the stalker in the first place.

When does a person commit the crime of stalking?

Stalking. (1) A person commits the crime of stalking if, without lawful authority and under circumstances not amounting to a felony attempt of another crime: (b) The person being harassed or followed is placed in fear that the stalker intends to injure the person, another person, or property of the person or of another person.

Are there any cases of physical injury from stalking?

However, the incidence of physical injury is anecdotal (Davis, 1996; Menzies, Fedoroff, Green and Isaacson, 1995; Zona et al., 1993; Meloy, 1992; Dietz et al., 1991). Press coverage of these rare occurrences of injury has dramatically increased the public awareness of stalking behavior.

What makes a person a stalker in Washington State?

A finding that the alleged stalker repeatedly and deliberately appears at the person’s home, school, place of employment, business, or any other location to maintain visual or physical proximity to the person is sufficient to find that the alleged stalker follows the person.

Can a stalker be a simple obsessional stalker?

The ‘simple obsessional’ stalker may reveal indices of personality disorder; however the stalking is more often the result of the power struggle of the insecure stalker following his or her perceived rejection by the helpless victim.