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A pioneer in the investigation of stalking, Proctor continues his quest in educating both the law enforcement community and the public to the seriousness of the crimes generated by these urban predators. He discusses how all victims are subjected to some type of mental abuse either in the form of direct or indirect threats. In some cases these threats can lead to both physical trauma and even death.
Proctor lays out many of the behavioral patterns the stalker uses to ply his trade: persistent contact through various means of harassment (phones, pagers, letters); breaking and entering, either to steal some personal items or just to let the victim know that his or her personal space has been violated; as well as a host of other harassment tactics, including contacting family members, filing legal actions, disrupting utility services, threats of violence, and the latest trend: cyberstalking.
With his wealth of experience, Proctor offers keen insights into the twisted mindset of the stalker. For example, a great deal of stalking arises out of a domestic violence situation. Other stalkers are fantasy driven, some believing (falsely) that their victim is in love with them. Stalkers rarely take responsibility for their actions, blaming others for making them do what they do; most have stalked more than one person. Some are disgruntled employees seeking revenge against business associates or employers, an increasing phenomenon in the workplace.
Complete with many examples form actual case files, this comprehensive and informative handbook takes a hard look at a serious and growing international social problem. This guide should greatly assist those who are current or potential victims of stalking, victim advocates, law enforcement, as well as employers and their personnel staffs.
Posted September 6, 2003
How to Stop a Stalker is the best-ever resource for stalking victims, their family members, employers, victim advocates, law enforcement and prosecutors. Det. Proctor¿s advice and suggestions are realistic and clear. He explains how stalkers operate and the many steps that victims can take to protect themselves at home, at work and when traveling in their car. It takes an experienced and skilled detective to discuss so many safety strategies, legal remedies and practical tips. For example, he has included specific instructions on the best type of deadbolt locks to purchase and install, how to utilize a private mail-drop most effectively, and the items that a stalking victim should carry in the car at all times. He has described the court process from start to finish in layperson¿s terms. He has illustrated the benefits and disadvantages of a restraining order from the victim¿s point of view, but sets out the genuine advantages restraining orders provide to law enforcement. He has provided advice on how a victim can work successfully with law enforcement and prosecutors to stop the stalker. How to Stop a Stalker is the most practical and clearly written guide I have seen. I recommend it to all stalking victims and those who work with them
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