Stalking is a serious issue that affects millions of people each year. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to recognize the signs of stalking, as it often involves subtle behaviors that can easily be overlooked or misinterpreted. To help victims of stalking recognize the warning signs, the National Center for Victims of Crime has put together a Stalking Behavior Checklist. The Stalking Behavior Checklist is a comprehensive list of behaviors that may indicate stalking. It includes behaviors such as following or spying on the victim, sending unwanted gifts or messages, making threats, and damaging the victim’s property. It also includes behaviors such as monitoring the victim’s activities, showing up uninvited at the victim’s home or workplace, and making unwanted contact with the victim’s friends or family. The Stalking Behavior Checklist is a valuable tool for victims of stalking. It can help them recognize the warning signs and take steps to protect themselves. It can also help victims identify patterns of behavior that may indicate stalking and alert them to the need to take action. The Stalking Behavior Checklist is not a substitute for professional help. If you believe you are being stalked, it is important to seek help from a qualified mental health professional. Additionally, it is important to contact the police if you feel you are in immediate danger. The Stalking Behavior Checklist is a valuable resource for anyone who may be the victim of stalking. By recognizing the warning signs, victims can take steps to protect themselves and seek the help they need.
_____ 1. Broke into your home.
_____ 2. Violated a restraining order.
_____ 3. Attempted to break into your car.
_____ 4. Threatened to cause you harm.
_____ 5. Broke into your car.
_____ 6. Attempted to harm you.
_____ 7. Physically harmed you.
_____ 8. Attempted to break into your home.
_____ 9. Physically harmed himself.
____ 10. Stole/read your mail.
____ 11. Damaged the property of your new partner.
____ 12. Threatened to harm himself.
____ 13. Made calls to you at your home when you didn’t want him to.
____ 14. Came to your home when you didn’t want him to.
____ 15. Followed you.
____ 16. Made hang-up telephone calls.
____ 17. Sent you unwanted gifts.
____ 18. Made calls to you at work when you didn’t want him to.
____ 19. Watched you.
____ 20. Came to your workplace/school when you didn’t want him to.
____ 21. Left messages on your answering machine‚ voice mail‚ or e-mail.
____ 22. Sent photographs when you didn’t want him to.
____ 23. Made threats to your new partner.
____ 24. Sent letters to you when you didn’t want him to.
____ 25. Harmed your new partner.
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This instrument can be found on pages 97-98 of Measuring Intimate Partner Violence Victimization and Perpetration: A Compendium of Assessment Tools‚ available online at: http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/pub-res/IPV_Compendium.pdf
Point values are assigned as follows:
2=once a month or less
3=two to three times a month
4=once or twice a week
5=three to six times a week
6=once a day or more
Two subscales can be created from the items. The first subscale‚ referred to as the Violent Behavior subscale‚ includes items 1–12. The second subscale‚ referred to as the Harassing Behavior subscale‚ includes items 13–25.Subscale scores are obtained by calculating the mean of the items used to define each factor (summing across itemvalues and dividing by applicable number of items in subscale). Higher scores are indicative of greater levels ofviolent and harassing behaviors.
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