Courting Disaster: Intimate Stalking, Culture, and Criminal by Jennifer Dunn

By Jennifer Dunn

This e-book is a wide-ranging, thought-provoking, and delicate exam of the lived adventure of intimate stalking victimization. It explores the way it feels and what it ability to be stalked by way of a former intimate and the way this case creates dilemmas for sufferers and their advocates. what's it prefer to try and develop into a "victim" within the eyes of the legislation, after which to stay one, while virtually something a girl does to control the violent feelings of an ex-husband or ex-boyfriend can backfire and discredit her claims? the writer attracts upon a huge array of wealthy info, together with a survey of school girls, court docket testimony, prosecutors' case documents, interviews with sufferers, and observations in a prosecutor's place of work and a stalking survivors' help staff, to demonstrate the problems girls face as they paintings to deal with danger-and to barter the damaging terrain of criminal systems-simultaneously. For a few sufferers of stalking, Dr. Dunn exhibits, prosecution tactics are extra anxious than the occasions that introduced them to hunt felony aid, and her research of the ancient, cultural, and gendered frameworks within which stalking victimization and prosecution occur money owed for the extra trauma. Definitions of occasions and identities are contested instead of given, in those arenas the place lives and self-concepts leisure within the stability. The ways that we socially build and confer which means upon intimate violence and its sufferers profoundly form what occurs to bland girls dealing with outstanding conditions. relationship catastrophe illuminates what we will be able to examine from their event, even if we're operating in those arenas or theorizing approximately how they do, and occasionally don't, paintings. will probably be necessary in sociology and criminology classes, and in addition in women's reports and counseling classes.

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When these things start happening to a woman, her first task is to interpret her experience and decide what, if anything, to do about it. Here, ”victims” are the women who claimed this identity for themselves by making the initial police reports that began every stalking prosecution, and whose stories then became part of case files. As suggested above, in addition to reading their files, I met some of these women, and talked to them about what was happening to them. On a few occasions I accompanied them to court or attended Valley City Survivors of Stalking meetings with them.

Numerous law review articles discuss fears that antistalking legislation is too narrow or vague to enforce, or unconstitutionally broad. 995; Faulkner and Hsiao 1994; Morin 1993; Morville 1993). All the names used are pseudonyms. As I explained to Donna, the interviewing I proposed to conduct was entirely open-ended and guided to a great extent by the victim herself, making it much easier to obviate her distress and discuss only the topics with which she was comfortable. I assured Donna that the emotional well-being of the informant was of far more importance to me than any data I might collect, and I think this reassured her.

As a consequence, and with the help of a good defense attorney, he pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge and was put on probation. Caity had received what she believed were subtle indications that he was still stalking her, and was very fearful even as our interview took place. Caity also filed a lawsuit against the Valley City Police Department for negligence in their hiring of the defendant, which she alleged placed her in danger. Caity was white, had been to college but not graduated, and was self-employed as a legal consultant.

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