A person who is being stalked is at risk for physical and/or psychological trauma. The risk also extends to other people that the stalkee knows.
Factors indicating a higher level of risk for the person being stalked:
(1) an increasing number of stalking incidents (escalation)
(2) evidence of a detailed knowledge of the stalkee
(3) sexual and/or threatening comments in communications
(4) evidence of a weapon
(5) repeated threats to injure the stalkee
(6) delusional beliefs
(7) failure of the stalkee to notify the police or to take steps to protect self
(8) a history of violence by the stalker against the stalkee in the past
(9) stalkee accessible (at home, at work, while traveling, while shopping)
Factors indicating a level of risk for someone who knows the person being stalked:
(1) viewed by the stalker as a rival for affection of the stalkee (jealousy)
(2) viewed by the stalker as being responsible for the stalker's failures (revenge)
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Purpose: To identify risk factors for physical and/or psychological harm to a victim who is being stalked by someone.
Specialty: Clinical Laboratory
Objective: risk factors, psychological response, public health