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.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Polizei und Wissenschaft|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|