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Some Controversies Concerning Classifying and Treating Stalkers  

Author:  Joan Zorza, J.D..

Source: Volume 02, Number 02, Fall 2009 , pp.155-162(8)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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When can behavior be defined as stalking? Classifying stalkers, an important step in both treatment and research, remains challenging and controversial. Stalkers vary by their prior relationship with their victims (ranging from stranger to former intimate partner), the methods they use, and their level of pathology. Some court decisions, and the relative ineffectiveness of treatment, can put victims of stalking in harm’s way. In this article, Joan Zorza outlines the treatment and safety issues, as well as current controversies concerning the wide range of stalking behaviors.


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