Stalking: false claims of victimisation

  title={Stalking: false claims of victimisation},
  author={Michele T. Path{\'e} and Paul Edward Mullen and Rosemary Purcell},
  journal={British Journal of Psychiatry},
  pages={170 - 172}
Background False allegations of victimisation although uncommon are important to recognise. This paper examines those who falsely claim to have been the victims of stalking. Aims To highlight the phenomenon of false victims of stalking. Method Twelve individuals who falsely claimed to be victims of stalking were compared with a group of 100 true stalking victims. Results False stalking victims presented for help earlier than real victims and were less likely to claim harassment via letters… 

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