Acquaintance stalking victim experiences of work interference, resource loss, and help-seeking

T. K. Logan, Jennifer Landhuis

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Abstract

Stalking victimization, regardless of victim–stalker relationship, has been associated with negative consequences including high fear levels, mental health problems, and resource losses. Much of the research on stalking has focused on (ex)partner stalking victim experiences and consequences; however, many women are stalked by acquaintances. This is one of the first studies to examine acquaintance stalking victims who did (n = 140) and who did not (n = 222) experience negative work consequences from stalking victimization. Results found that just over half of the acquaintance stalking victims indicated the stalker was someone from work or school. Overall, many acquaintance stalking victims regardless of work losses experienced work interference, although those with work losses experienced increased work interference and job performance problems. Additionally, stalking victims with negative work consequences experienced more stalking threats, life interference, more non-work-related resource losses, and had higher stalking-related fear levels than victims without work losses. Regardless of group, stalking victims lost an average of nine different resources other than work losses, and resource losses were associated with current negative mental health symptoms and help-seeking. Help-seeking, outside of friends or family, even though they endured stalking for an average of almost 2 years, was low for all of the victims. However, acquaintance stalking victims with work losses sought help from more sources on average. Implications from this study suggest that safety at work should be a primary concern for all types of stalking victims, and workplace policies should consider stalking as a separate category of victimization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-69
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Review of Victimology
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2024

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Keywords

  • Harassment
  • resource losses
  • stalking consequences
  • stalking victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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