By Michele Pathé
A pragmatic and accomplished survival handbook for sufferers of stalking and comparable crimes, Surviving Stalking bargains sound, sensible and functional suggestion to sufferers and assistance via every one level of the legal justice procedures in the US, Britain, and Australia. utilizing case reports, Michele course? describes the stressful results of stalking, the process those signs, and the way top to entry mental care and aid. A entire publication for a basic readership, it presents a latest account of sufferer varieties, stalker kinds, stalkers' causes, suggestions to avoid and triumph over stalking, and an inventory of assets on hand to stalking sufferers. Surviving Stalking might be of significant curiosity not just to those that were or are being stalked, but additionally to the healthiness, legislation enforcement, and lawyers who paintings with stalkers and their sufferers. Michele course? is Director of the Stalking and danger administration Centre and advisor Forensic Psychiatrist, Victorian Institute of Forensic psychological healthiness, Victoria, Australia. direction? is the co-author of Stalkers and Their sufferers (Cambridge, 2000), winner of the yank Psychiatric Association's 2001 Manfred S. Guttmacher award for a good contribution to the literature in forensic psychiatry.
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Case example Helen, a nurse, was besotted with a senior staff physician at her hospital. After ‘meeting’ him on a ward round, for the next six months she hovered around the places he frequented, hoping to glimpse him. A timid 28-year-old, Helen had not spoken a word to the doctor, but she never doubted the depth of his love for her. She ‘knew’ her feelings were reciprocated because of the way he stroked his moustache in her presence and averted his gaze ‘so that others didn’t find out about us’, the observation that he had changed his car from a convertible two-seater to a ‘family’ wagon and various other innocent gestures and activities.
Not in rejected or predatory categories. • No prior relationship with the victim. • Absence of severe personality disorder. • No alcohol or drug problems. • Compliant with treatment. • No criminal record. • Stable employment. • Adequate social network. • Absence of threats. The characteristics of stalkers at high risk of assault can be more conﬁdently advanced, this group attracting the scrutiny of researchers, clinicians and criminal justice experts. Stalker features associated with an increased potential for violence • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Male.
The stalking victim is usually exposed to multiple forms of harassment, often involving threatening and traumatic incidents that are experienced as unpredictable and beyond the victim’s control. Research into the psychological eﬀects of traumatic experiences such as natural disasters, war and sexual assault suggests that stress related symptoms develop more commonly in situations where the individual feels inescapably under threat over a protracted period, as occurs in stalking. Unpredictability is another important factor contributing to signiﬁcant levels of stress.