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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:

  • About half (46%) of stalking victims experienced at least one unwanted contact per week, and 11% of victims said they had been stalked for 5 years or more.
  • Approximately 1 in 4 stalking victims reported some form of cyberstalking such as e-mail (83%) or instant messaging (35%).
  • Women were at greater risk than men for stalking victimization; however, women and men were equally likely to experience harassment.

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.

In this issue:

Welcome Letter
Texas Crime Victims’ Rights Week Observances 2009
Office for Victims of Crime Resources for CVRW
CVS Training Opportunities
Texas Address Confidentiality Program Update
CVC Remote User Access
Online CVC Information for Service Providers
Sexual Assault Advisory Council Report
OAG Human Trafficking Report Online
Stalking in the United States
Teen Dating Violence Prevalence & Prevention Resource
New Victims’ Rights Law Database
NCVC Offers DNA Answers
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