The Associated Press reported this morning that, “an estimated 3.4 million Americans identified themselves as victims of stalking during a one-year span, according to federal crime experts who on Tuesday released the largest-ever survey of the aggravating and often terrifying phenomenon.”
About half of the victims experienced at least one unwanted contact per week from a stalker, and 11 percent had been stalked for five or more years, according to the report by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics. It covered a 12-month period in 2005-06.
The study was described as a groundbreaking effort to analyze the scope and varying forms of stalking, which had not been featured in previous versions of the National Crime Victimization Survey.
Late this morning, Department of Justice officials from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) participated in a conference call with reporters about the BJS special report, Stalking Victimization in the United States.
Following this discussion, Cindy Dyer, Director of the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) participated in a briefing about the findings and the impact of stalking on women who are victimized.
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