Partner Stalking Risk Assessment

This Web page is based on Research on Partner Stalking: Putting the Pieces Together (pdf, 27 pages), prepared by T.K. Logan for NIJ.

Although there are limited risk assessments focused on partner stalking, a few research trends in risk assessment may be important. [1]

  • Some evidence suggests that victim services personnel may not always identify partner stalking or are not always sure about how to advise partner stalking victims. [2-5]
  • Researchers examined risk of re-abuse for partner stalking victims in general, and found that victim advocates and partner violence victims assess risk of repeat abuse very differently. These authors conclude that more research is needed to better understand how victims and advocates assess risk of repeat abuse. This study may have implications for partner stalking victims. [6]
  • A number of studies have examined partner violence victim prediction of repeat abuse and violence, [7-10] and several of those found stalking to be an important factor in victim assessment and accuracy of risk. [11] [12]
  • Although a few studies have developed an assessment of factors associated with stalking persistence and danger (e.g., Stalking Assessment and Management [SAM]), [13-15] few have focused on persistence and danger of partner stalking.

Notes

[1] Fein, R., B. Vossekuil and G. Holden, "Threat Assessment: An Approach to Prevent Targeted Violence," Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, 1995, NCJ 155000.

[2] Brewster, M., "Exploration of the Experiences and Needs of Former Intimate Partner Stalking Victims," final report to the National Institute of Justice, grant number 1995-WT-NX- 0002, Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, 1999.

[3] Logan, T., and R. Walker, "Toward a Deeper Understanding of the Harms Caused by Partner Stalking," Violence and Victims, 25(4) (2010): 440-455.

[4] Logan, T., R. Walker, C. Stewart and J. Allen, "Victim Service and Justice System Representative Responses About Partner Stalking: What Do Professionals Recommend?" Violence and Victims 21(1) (2006): 49-66.

[5] Spence-Diehl, E., and M. Potocky-Tripodi, "Victims of Stalking: A Study of Service Needs as Perceived by Victim Services Practitioners," Journal of Interpersonal Violence 16(1) (2001): 86-94.

[6] Cattaneo, L., M. Bell, L. Goodman and M. Dutton, "Intimate Partner Violence Victims' Accuracy in Assessing Their Risk of Reabuse," Journal of Family Violence 22 (2007): 429-440.

[7]Bell, M., L. Cattaneo, L. Goodman and M. Dutton, "Assessing the Risk of Future Psychological Abuse: Predicting the Accuracy of Battered Women's Predictions," Journal of Family Violence 23 (2008): 69-80.

[8] Campbell, J., "Helping Women Understand Their Risk in Situations of Intimate Partner Violence," Journal of Interpersonal Violence 19(12) (2004): 1464-1477.

[9] Cattaneo, L., and L. Goodman, "Victim-Reported Risk Factors for Continued Abusive Behavior: Assessing the Dangerousness of Arrested Batterers," Journal of Community Psychology 31(4) (2003): 349-369.

[10] Cattaneo, L., M. Bell, L. Goodman and M. Dutton, "Intimate Partner Violence Victims' Accuracy in Assessing Their Risk of Re-Abuse," Journal of Family Violence 22 (2007): 429-440.

[11] Bell, M., L. Cattaneo, L. Goodman and M. Dutton, "Assessing the Risk of Future Psychological Abuse: Predicting the Accuracy of Battered Women's Predictions," Journal of Family Violence 23 (2008): 69-80.

[12] Cattaneo, L., M. Bell, L. Goodman and M. Dutton, "Intimate Partner Violence Victims' Accuracy in Assessing Their Risk of Re-Abuse," Journal of Family Violence 22 (2007): 429-440.

[13]Belfrage, H., and S. Strand, "Validation of the Stalking Assessment and Management Checklist (SAM) in Law Enforcement: A Retrospective Study of 153 Cases of Stalking in Two Swedish Police Counties," International Journal of Police Science and Management 11(1) (2008): 67-76.

[14] Kropp, P., S. Hart and D. Lyon, "Guidelines for Stalking Assessment and Management (SAM) User Manual," Sydney, NSW, Australia: Proactive Resolutions Inc., 2008.

[15] Kropp, P., S. Hart and D. Lyon, "Risk Assessment of Stalkers: Some Problems and Possible Solutions," Criminal Justice and Behavior 29(5) (2002): 590-616

Date Created: January 17, 2012