Types of Stalking

While there are a few different profiles of stalkers; the two profiles we most consistently see on college campuses are:
Simple Obsessional Stalker
·         Victim and stalker have some prior knowledge of one another, such as intimate relationship (e.g., ex-husband/wife, ex-dating partners) or non-intimate relationship (e.g., co-workers, classmates, neighbors, roommates, therapist-patient)
·         Stalker may have some type of Personality disorder
·         Stalker may suffer from low self-esteem and feelings of powerlessness
·         Stalker will control or coerce victim back into relationship or seek revenge for perceived wrong
 Domestic Violence Related Stalking
 Most common and most dangerous type of stalking
·         Domestic violence victims run a 75% higher risk of be murdered by their partners
·         Highest risk to domestic violence victim is when she leaves her abusive partner; stalking often begins or escalates at this point
(Information adapted from the Stalking Resource Center)