The impact of stalkers on their victims

  title={The impact of stalkers on their victims},
  author={Michele T. Path{\'e} and Paul Edward Mullen},
  journal={British Journal of Psychiatry},
  pages={12 - 17}
Background This paper examines the social and psychological impact on victims of stalking. Method A group of 100 victims of stalking completed a 50-item questionnaire on their experiences. Results The majority of the victims were subjected to multiple forms of harassment including being followed, repeatedly approached and bombarded with letters and telephone calls for periods varying from a month to 20 years. Threats were received by 58 subjects, and 34 were physically or sexually assaulted… 

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  • P. MullenM. Pathé
  • Medicine, Psychology
    The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry
  • 1994
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The Pathological Extensions of Love

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