Partner stalking is associated with protective order violations and almost every other type of partner violence. Women who have been stalked by violent partners report significantly more distress and harm than even women who experience protective order violations but not stalking; yet, it is not always clear how best to help stalking victims. This presentation will focus on the state of the art tools for helping stalking victims. Anyone who works with stalking victims understands that basic safety planning is often not very helpful for most stalking victims. However, there has been limited focus on meaningful interventions or tools to provide victims in helping to increase their safety, mental well-being in the face of stalking victimization, and for helping them gain access to needed resources and to the civil and criminal justice system. This presentation brings together the latest thinking collected from a variety of different areas of research including threat assessment and management, brain science, psychology, and research on stalking. Audience members will leave with tangible ideas for providing stalking victims with tools to help combat stalking and increase their well-being. This presentation will also provide audience members with clear information about building better cases for charging and prosecuting stalking.
To describe the full extent of harms associated with stalking and where stalking fits within the risk assessment literature and within this context to describe five basic things every stalking victim should know immediately (even when there is very little time to work with the victim).
To introduce a new conceptual model for identifying and assessing stalking and to provide six key tools to provide victims in combating stalking.
To discuss three advanced tools for working with stalking victims for safety planning and for building better cases or getting other official agency help for stalking.