This is a really good article by Maheen from the blog This Violence is not a Tragedy on stalking and how the attitudes we have towards stalkers needs to shift. Be aware that a lot of stalking these days happens online, and that stalking often happens when you leave an abuser, as the amount of control they have over you is reduced when you leave. Always make a safety plan with police or a domestic violence organisation if you are leaving an abusive relationship.
Stalking is not something we necessarily have a very good understanding of as a society. We tend to imagine stalkers as sad individuals with so little going on in their own lives that they fully attach themselves to someone else’s. We envisage stalking in a simplistic way – we conjure up images of a man following a woman around dark corners and sneaking into her garden to simply be near her. Most troubling is that our popular image of the stalker often paints them as a creepy but ultimately harmless figure – too sad to be taken seriously.
But this could not be any further from the truth. A 2017 study from the University of Gloucestershire found that stalking behaviours were present in 94% of intimate partner or domestic homicides. Dr Jane Monckton Smith, a researcher leading on the study, urged police forces to reconsider their methods of assessing risk…
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