Stalking in the United States

The Bureau of Justice Statistics has released findings on nonfatal stalking victimization in the U.S., based on the largest data collection of such behavior to date. Data were collected in a supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) and sponsored by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). Topics covered in the report are stalking and harassment prevalence rates by demographic characteristics, offender characteristics, victim-offender relationship, duration of stalking, cyberstalking, protection measures and emotional impact. The report also includes data on whether the victim sought help from others, the involvement of a weapon, injuries, other crimes perpetrated by the stalker and the response by the criminal justice system.

Highlights include the following:

For more information on the report, please access the BJS Web site at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/svus.htm. For more information about stalking prevalence and prevention, please access http://www.ncvc.org/src/Main.aspx.