Stalking: Issues of deterrence “When I was stalking, I was so dedicated to it. Nothing would stop me. It was my focus.”

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Wheatley, R., Henley, S. and Farnham, F. 2023. Stalking: Issues of deterrence “When I was stalking, I was so dedicated to it. Nothing would stop me. It was my focus.”. Journal of Criminal Psychology. 13 (2). https://doi.org/10.1108/jcp-07-2021-0027
AuthorsWheatley, R., Henley, S. and Farnham, F.
Abstract

Purpose
This paper aims to present issues of deterrence related to stalking.

Design/methodology/approach
The authors have combined recent mixed method research findings and existing general deterrence literature with their practitioner experiences of working with this population, to provide a novel viewpoint paper intending to influence advancements in knowledge in this area.

Findings
Recent qualitative research investigating the function of stalking in a small sample (see Wheatley et al., 2020a) noted the participants’ focus on the lack of deterrence. For example, participants described feeling emotionally stuck in their pursuits, experiencing poor access to help and support, being ignorant of the potential custodial consequences of their offending and even stating that imprisonment provided a harsh yet necessary moment of reality.

Originality/value
This novel discussion paper reviews these findings in relation to both the available research based on deterrence generally and deterrence related to stalking and the experience of working with stalking cases in clinical practice. This paper explores what we know about the motivations that underlie stalking behaviour and how that relates to the effectiveness of deterrence, including the role of traditional criminal justice approaches to this type of offending.

KeywordsStalking ; Deterrence ; Desistance
Year2023
JournalJournal of Criminal Psychology
Journal citation13 (2)
PublisherEmerald
ISSN2009-3829
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/jcp-07-2021-0027
Web address (URL)https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/JCP-07-2021-0027/full/html
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Output statusPublished
Publication dates17 Feb 2023
Publication process dates
Accepted2022
Deposited15 Jan 2024
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