Stalker typologies and intervention strategies

L. Sheridan, E. Blaauw

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Certain types of stalkers appear more dangerous and less responsive to police intervention and other sanctions than do other types. This article addresses a stalker categorisation (cf. Boon & Sheridan, 2001; Sheridan & Boon, 2002) that provides information about stalker dangerousness and offers associated implications for case management and intervention strategies. Infatuation harassers (+18.5%) are the least dangerous stalkers and are most responsive to intervention. Ex-partner stalkers/harassers are the largest group (+50%).They are more often violent due to anger and impulsiveness and are less responsive to intervention. Delusional fixation stalkers (+15%) can be either dangerous or less dangerous, but sadistic stalkers (+13%) form the most dangerous category of stalkers ,and interventions with these stalkers can prove dangerous for the victim. Several implications of the typology for police practice and intervention are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-25
Number of pages9
JournalPolizei und Wissenschaft
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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