Understanding stalking behaviours and how best to counter them is essential in the fight to eradicate stalking crimes.
In order to support victims of stalking effectively, and to engage with stalkers with the aim of eradicating stalking behaviours, people working in victim support, healthcare, criminal justice and public policy need robust research to direct their efforts. Action Against Stalking recognises that significant gaps exist in society's understanding of stalking. We also know that robust evidence of the needs of victims is always essential.
A key role Action Against Stalking plays is to work in partnership with academic researchers in Scotland, UK-wide and internationally, to highlight gaps in knowledge related to stalking and its victims.
Research has a key role in the fight against crime. Governments, policy makers and funders require peer-reviewed evidence to allocate resources to the support of victims of stalking and to fight against stalking behaviours. We need to fully understand victim experience to best facilitate recovery from trauma. We also need to understand the most effective ways of challenging stalking behaviours, to reduce offending and reoffending.
We keep a register of all major academic studies into stalking worldwide. We advise academic supervisors on areas requiring further research.
We will be announcing a major new partnership in this area in the spring on 2021.