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Women who are stalked: questioning the fear standard.

Abstract

The authors use logistic regression with the National Violence Against Women Survey sample (N = 8,000) to explore patterns in fear reported by women who were stalked. One fourth of our sample felt no fear, with Black women significantly less likely to report fear (compared to White women). Women who were frequently stalked, stalked by an intimate or family member or acquaintance, or stalked by physical or communicative means reported feeling fearful more than did others. Requiring a woman to feel fearful before accepting her experience as an instance of stalking risks, the authors conclude, a miscarriage of justice, an undercount of the crime, and an abandonment of women (and others) who need validation from the state and protection from stalkers.

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    Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, FL, USA.

    Source

    Violence against women 13:7 2007 Jul pg 750-76

    MeSH

    Adult
    Battered Women
    Courtship
    Crime Victims
    Fear
    Female
    Humans
    Interpersonal Relations
    Logistic Models
    Middle Aged
    Obsessive Behavior
    Questionnaires
    Self Concept
    Spouse Abuse
    United States
    Women's Health

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    17600308