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Stalking: policing and prosecuting practices in three Australian jurisdictions

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 176

Emma Ogilvie
ISBN 0 642 24202 X ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, June 2000

Abstract

Stalking trends as indicated by police and court data across Victoria, South Australia and Queensland are examined. As legislation and enforcement practices vary significantly across these jurisdictions, direct comparisons are not possible. Ogilvie outlines specific considerations that need to be taken into account with respect to both criminal justice system interventions and future research priorities, including: addressing weaknesses in the legislation; provision of training for police units; the necessity of sustained intervention; devising effective research agendas; and investigating community awareness.