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Stalking Victimisation: Prevalence and Dynamics amongst Spanish University Students

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Stalking was recently criminalised in Spain and other European countries, following the signing of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, despite a lack of empirical knowledge of victimisation by this phenomenon. Previous research carried out in the USA and in other European countries on victimisation by stalking with female samples has shown that young women are the most frequently victimised group. Based on those findings, research was conducted in Spain with a sample of 1,162 university students, including women and men. This paper presents the main findings of this research, determining the prevalence of stalking victimisation, the victim and stalker profiles, and the dynamics of this type of victimisation.

Affiliations: 1: Reader in Criminal Law, Department of Public Law, University of Lleida (Spain), Jaume II, 73, 25001 Lleida, Spain ; 2: Department of Public Law, University of Lleida (Spain), Jaume II, 73, 25001 Lleida, Spain


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