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ASK Laura Richards about the mind of a stalker

ASK Laura Richards about the mind of a stalker

What do we know about the profile of a stalker? ASK Criminal Behavioral Analyst and stalking expert, Laura Richards.

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I wondered if you could recommend any books that focus specifically on stalking behaviours. My back ground is mental health and family violence. Thanks
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Can you explain the difference between “harassing” phone calls and legitimate stalking that is threatening to a person’s life? Thank you for your work.
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I would like to ask is there something inherent with all stalkers or can anyone become a stalker?
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I know that a lot of cases of stalking involve male perpetrators. How often is the perpetrator female? What’s the split? I.e 50-50.
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What’s the relationship between stalking and domestic violence?
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Do you find that people who stalk others at one point in their lives are more likely to do so again?
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Are there particular drugs that correlate with stalking behavior?
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There are five types of stalking – just wondering if some are more common than others?
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Is social isolation a factor in cases of stalking?
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How do stalkers tend to justify their behaviour?
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What preventative measures can be put in place to avoid stalking behaviors in society?
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At what age do people generally initiate stalking?
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Is stalking underreported to police?
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I have a client who’s been stalking an ex but doesn’t identify his behaviour as stalking. What are some strategies I could use to work with him on this?
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What relationship exists between stalking and coercive control?
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What do you think about society's casual use of the word stalking? e.g., "I stalked your profile on Instagram"?
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Are the underlying motivations or processes different between online and offline stalking?
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Are individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorder more at risk for engaging in stalking behavior? And if so, how should this be handled from an intervention and legal perspective?
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Mental health professionals are at risk of being a victim of stalking and have to deal with the ethical obligation of confidentiality. I received no instruction in my training on how to recognise or deal with this. Do you have any advice on how to prevent, recognise and/or manage this?
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Thank you Laura for your advocacy on this issue. I love you work! Do you believe that people, especially law enforcement are finally starting to understand the mental distress, isolation and fear that stalking victims experience?
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Are there resources or training that you would recommend for therapists to better address the unique social and psychological harm, posttraumatic stress symptoms and self-blame that victims of stalking often experience?
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Is there a relationship between self-esteem and stalking?
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Could you outline the conceptual overlap and distinctions between limerence and stalking?
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Can stalking ever be explained by Relationship Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
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Is there a high prevalence of Narcissistic Personality Disorder amongst perpetrators of stalking?
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Wondering about stalkers who stalk strangers, do they tend just stick to stalking or escalate? Are there any stats on that? Thanks for allowing us to ask questions
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How do you get stalkers to leave you alone?
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What are the fixation triggers?
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When does the Stalker stop stalking? and what is the likelihood that they will commit murder?
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My boyfriend seems to be obsessed with me, how do I break up with him?
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How do I know if someone is stalking me?
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I have a girl I only want to be friends with, but now she won't leave me alone. What should I do?
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In your experience, how effective are restraining orders in deterring stalkers? What actually works? If someone is referred for treatment, what intervention are they actually receiving?
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My boyfriend is being stalked by his ex-girlfriend. She is now targeting me. Could she be dangerous? Does she have a mental illness?
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Is cyberstalking becoming more of a problem as the world increasingly becomes more digital, and do you think Big Tech are doing enough to protect people?
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What do you think of stalking being linked to mental illness in the media versus issues around coercive control and domestic violence etc? How does mental illness fit with these issues? For example, you frequently hear non-psychotic depression given as a "reason" for some of these behaviours.
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What evidence do victims need to collect in order to get police help?
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What help/guidance for achieving de-escalation &/or desistance is available?
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What are some signs that can alert us that a stalker's behaviour is about to escalate to physical violence (i.e. sexual assault/murder)
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