Stalking Resource Center & APPA Offer Guide on Supervising Stalking Offenders
The Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime and the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) announce the release of Responding to Stalking: A Guide for Community Corrections Officers at the APPA’s recent Winter Training Institute in Austin, Texas. The new publication describes steps probation and parole officers can take to protect victims and prevent crimes by offenders who engage in stalking behavior.
Stalking presents unique challenges to the criminal justice system. Although in a one-year period 3.4 million people are stalked in the United States, both the public and law enforcement officials may underestimate the seriousness of the crime and the determination of stalkers. Stalkers often continue their crimes after having been charged, prosecuted, convicted, and released. For that reason, community corrections officers who understand the nature and dynamics of stalking can play a pivotal role in preventing crimes and protecting victims from further harm.
The new guide describes effective approaches to supervising stalkers, which include focusing on victim safety and insisting on offender accountability and behavior change. It encourages probation and parole officers to screen offenders for stalking behavior, document the incidents of stalking, and actively pursue all violations. Through regular contact with victims—who can provide valuable information about the offenders’ history, patterns of behavior, violations, and other crucial facts—probation and parole officers can supervise released offenders more successfully.
“Offenders who engage in stalking behaviors are among the most difficult to identify and monitor within the criminal justice system,” said APPA President Barbara Broderick, chief probation officer for Maricopa County, Arizona. “Responding to Stalking: A Guide for Community Corrections Officers is a critical new tool for the community corrections field, providing much-needed guidance to probation, parole, and pretrial officers in identifying stalkers, holding them accountable for crimes, and promoting the safety of their victims.”
Responding to Stalking: A Guide for Community Corrections Officers was supported by a grant from the Office on Violence Against Women, U. S. Department of Justice. You may download the Guide or to find more information about stalking, visit www.ncvc.org/src.
If you have any questions about using this guide to support your work, please contact Michelle Garcia, Director, Stalking Resource Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-467-8726 or Carrie Abner, Research Associate, American Probation and Parole Association, at email@example.com or 859-244-8031.