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How Do Police Respond to Stalking? An Examination of the Risk Management Strategies and Tactics Used in a Specialized Anti-Stalking Law Enforcement Unit

Storey, Jennifer E., Hart, Stephen D. (2011) How Do Police Respond to Stalking? An Examination of the Risk Management Strategies and Tactics Used in a Specialized Anti-Stalking Law Enforcement Unit. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 26 (2). pp. 128-142. ISSN 0882-0783. (doi:10.1007/s11896-010-9081-8) (KAR id:81851)

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Abstract

How do police respond to and manage complaints of stalking? To answer this question, we conducted a 3-phase study. First, we reviewed the literature to identify risk management tactics used to combat stalking. Second, we asked a group of police officers to review those tactics for completeness and group them into categories reflecting more general risk management strategies. The result was 22 categories of strategies. Finally, we used qualitative methods to evaluate the files of 32 cases referred to the specialized anti-stalking unit of a metropolitan police department. We coded specific risk management tactics and strategies used by police. Results indicated that a median number of 19 specific tactics from 7 general strategies were used to manage risk. Also, the implementation of strategies and tactics reflected specific characteristics of the cases (e.g., perpetrator risk factors, victim vulnerability factors), suggesting that the risk management decisions made by police were indeed strategic in nature. Qualitative analyses indicated that some of the strategies and tactics were more effective than others. We discuss how these findings can be used to understand and use stalking risk management more generally, as well as improve research on the efficacy of risk assessment and management for stalking.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s11896-010-9081-8
Uncontrolled keywords: Stalking, Management, Policing
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre of Research & Education in Forensic Psychology
Depositing User: Jennifer Storey
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2020 15:19 UTC
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2020 09:16 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/81851 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Storey, Jennifer E.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6432-2514
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