STALKING AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
24-HOUR CRISIS LINES
87% of stalkers are men.
45% of victims report that their stalkers made overt threats.
90% of stalking victims were stalked by only one person. In most cases, stalking lasts for one year or less.
Roughly half of all stalking victims report their stalking to the police. One quarter of stalking cases reported to the police result in an arrest.
28% of female and 10% of male victims obtain protective or restraining orders against their stalkers.
87% of all restraining orders against stalkers are violated.
Nearly one in four victims who reported stalking to the police (24%) said their cases were prosecuted. Slightly more than half of the cases in which criminal charges were filed (54%) resulted in a conviction. Nearly two-thirds (63%) of convictions resulted in jail time for the perpetrator.
The authors of the report, Patricia Tjaden, Ph.D. and Nancy Thoennes, Ph.D., concluded that stalking victims should develop personal safety plans that include relocating as far away from the perpetrator as possible and securing a confidential mailing address.
This article appeared in Speaking Up, published by the Family Violence Prevention Fund.