Partner Stalking: How Women Respond, Cope, and Survive

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It is estimated that a quarter of all women will be stalked in their lifetime. Stalkers put their victims in danger of losing their jobs, their support system, even their lives; and subject them to dangerously high levels of fear and stress. This book examines the multiple aspects of partner stalking from the victim's perspective. Female survivors share their personal stories of partner stalking, and the authors provide an extensive look at the latest stalking research providing readers with the new most relevant implications for practice and future research.

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Reviewer: Michael S. Goldsby, PhD, CCRP (Family Psychiatry of The Woodlands)
Description: This book examines partner stalking from the victim's perspective. The authors have combined substantial research literature with personal stories of 62 women whose partners victimized them in abuse-stalking relationships. These women provide in-depth interviews about the history of their abuse-stalking relationships and the negative physical, mental, economic, and social impact that that these relationships have had on their lives. The stories reveal what it means to be stalked, not by a stranger or distant admirer, but by someone who was at one time trusted and valued.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is two-fold: first, to give women experiencing the victimization of partner stalking a voice to increase awareness about the dynamics of partner stalking; and second, to provide relevant, victim-generated accounts of abuse-stalking relationships. The unique and often painful stories of the women are intended to bridge the gap between the current literature and the realities of women who experience the painful emotional and physical trauma inherent in theses relationships.
Audience: Clearly, the information in this book is targeted to women in partner stalking relationships, as well as for women in general who have a need to better understand this important issue. It will also be of value to individuals in the public and private sectors, including marriage and family counselors and other mental health professionals, community leaders, legislators, judges, and police. This book should be require reading for graduate students whose intended career path includes provision of psychological and/or social services to this vulnerable population.
Features: The bulk of information in this book is presented as a result of a study that examined the phenomena of stalking in the context of personal relationships, as opposed to other types of stalking such as celebrity stalking. This unique study, which chronicled the personal stories of women who have been victims of abuse-stalking relationships, was conducted by the authors and is reported in this book in an eight chapter, narrative format. Numerous excerpts from the study participants' stories are included in order for readers to gain a better understanding from a first-hand perspective of what it is like to be the victim of a stalker. Of special importance are the personal accounts of these resilient women who have effectively coped with the horrible abuse inherent in abuse-stalking relationships.
Assessment: This is the premier book on the subject of stalking relationships to date, and is the most important contribution to the advancement of knowledge and awareness of this contemporary and important issue in partner relationships. The authors have done a magnificent job of capturing the essence of what it is like to be the victim of a stalker through their timely study and extensive literature review. This book is a must-read for every practitioner in the mental health field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826137562
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/19/2006
  • Series: Springer Series on Family Violence
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,312,151
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Walker, MSW, LCSW, is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Kentucky Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, with conjoint appointments in Social Work and Behavioral Science. He received his M.S.W. degree from the University of Kentucky and was the Center Director of a community mental health center for 20 years. He has over 25 years of experience as a clinician and clinical supervisor, and has developed clinical services for partner violence victims and offenders. He has been a co-investigator on partner violence studies in rural and urban areas and an evaluator of substance-abuse treatment programs in rural and inner-city programs. He has taught psychopathology, social work interventions with family problems, and research design and implementation in tihe graduate program in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky for 16 years. He has published articles on substance abuse, brain injury, domestic violence, ethics, and personality disorders.

TK Logan, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Logan has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and has completed a variety of studies on intimate partner violence and divorce; intimate partner violence and custody outcomes; stalking victimization and perpetration; health and mental health status, barriers, and service use among women; HIV risk behavior; and health, mental health, substance abuse, and victimization among rural and urban women.

Jennifer Cole, MSW, is a doctoral student in Social Work at the University of Kentucky. She is also a research coordinator for a National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) study, which examines alcohol, violence, mental health, health status, and service utilization among rural and urban women with protective orders against male partners. She has also worked as project coordinator on a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) study that examined the nature, extent, and co-occurrence of HIV risk behavior, violence, and crack use. Her primary interests are in the areas of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and mental health issues of women.

Lisa Shannon, MSW, is a doctoral student in Social Work at the University of Kentucky. She is a Research Analyst at the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research. Ms. Shannon works on a grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) studying alcohol, violence, mental health and health status, and service utilization among rural and urban women with protective orders. Ms. Shannon has previously worked on a statewide Drug Court evaluation project. Her interests are in the areas of substance abuse, victimization, and criminal offenders.

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Table of Contents

  1. List of Tables

    List of Figures

    About the Authors



  2. What Do We Know And What Do We Need To Know About Partner Stalking?
  3. Women's Perceptions Of Partner Stalking
  4. Partner Stalking and Previous Victimization: An Important Look
  5. The Health And Mental Health Costs Of Partner Stalking
  6. Partner Stalking And Co-Occurring Problems
  7. Partner Stalking And Coping Responses
  8. Partner Stalking And The Justice System Response
  9. Conclusion And Implications: Are There Answers For Stalking Victims?

  10. Appendix: Study Methods And Ethical Considerations


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