Stalking and Violence

Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2016 Dec;39(4):663-673. doi: 10.1016/j.psc.2016.07.010. Epub 2016 Aug 6.


The three widely known stalker classifications assist in categorizing stalkers, which allows for better management of violence risk. Although 80% of stalking is done by men, women also engage in stalking, and their violence risk should not be underestimated. Juvenile stalkers do exist and juvenile stalking is also associated with violence. Clinicians can become a victim of stalking and may become victims of stalking by proxy, a special type of stalking behavior where the stalker involves other people or agencies to communicate with or track their victim. A careful stalking violence risk assessment is essential in the intervention and risk management process.

Keywords: Classification; Health care providers; Juveniles; Risk management; Stalking; Violence; Violence risk assessment; Women.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Stalking / psychology*
  • Violence / prevention & control*
  • Violence / psychology