Police officers' attitudes and challenges with charging stalking

Kellie R. Lynch, T. K. Logan

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This study examined 2 groups of police officers on perceived barriers and attitudes related to charging stalking. Police officers who categorized into groups based on if they had (n = 73) or had not (n = 90) previously charged stalking. Results indicated that officers who had never charged stalking viewed stalking as less dangerous, believed that officers do not file reports when called for stalking, and perceived all barriers related to charging stalking as more challenging than officers who had previously charged stalking. Officers who charged stalking had greater comprehension of the stalking statute and identified specific problems within the statute. The results have implications related to improving specialized police training in an effort to better protect victims of stalking and increase stalking charges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1037-1149
Number of pages113
JournalViolence and Victims
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2015

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  • Attitudes
  • Law enforcement
  • Protection of victims
  • Stalking law

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Health(social science)
  • Law


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