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Stalking Behavior

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Characteristics of a stalking case and the individuals involved impact the decision to convict stalking perpetrators in the court- room. Research on factors that influence courtroom decision- making involving stalking cases has typically employed a vignette design or a mock juror design, with some of this research aiming to increase the effectiveness of state stalking legislation (Dunlap, Hodell, Golding, & Wasarhaley, 2012; Dunlap et al., 2015). With regard to vignette studies, Scott, Rajakaruna, Sheridan, and Sleath (2014) studied the influence of prior relationship and severity of stalking behavior on perceptions of stalking. They found that a stalker’s behavior (e.g., an ambiguous, low-level, or high-level offense) would be more likely
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