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There Is No Law Against Anyone Staring at Your Home”: Stalking Victims, Criminal Justice System Responses and Social Perceptions

  • Jenny KorkodeilouEmail author
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Abstract

Imagine a man staring at a block of flats across the street. Then picture him sending a message and leaving flowers on the reception desk of a company. Nothing strange. His target though realises that she is stalked and understands the underlying messages: I know where you are, what you are doing and the message says: “There is a storm coming soon”. Can she prove her pursuit? Will she be believed? This chapter presents and critically discusses the views of stalking victims who took part in my study on the quality and effectiveness of the criminal justice system to their cases and the responses of other people to their experiences. In most cases, they felt their complaints were not properly dealt with and their experiences were dismissed or downplayed by criminal justice system professionals and significant others. Given stereotypical depictions of stalking and responses of others, victims sometimes found themselves questioning their lived realities, that is whether they were stalked or not.

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  1. 1.Department of Law and CriminologyRoyal Holloway University of LondonEgham, Surrey, EnglandUK

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