Stalking and Intimate Partner Femicide

  title={Stalking and Intimate Partner Femicide},
  author={Judith Mcfarlane and Jacquelyn C Campbell and Susan A. Wilt and Carolyn J. Sachs and Yvonne Ulrich and Xiao Xu},
  journal={Homicide Studies},
  pages={300 - 316}
An 18-item stalking inventory and personal interviews with knowledgeable proxy informants and victims of attempted femicide were used to describe the frequency and type of intimate partner stalking that occurred within 12 months of attempted and actual partner femicide. One hundred forty-one femicide and 65 attempted femicide incidents were evaluated. The prevalence of stalking was 76% for femicide victims and 85% for attempted femicide victims. Incidence of intimate partner assault was 67% for… Expand

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