A qualitative exploration of intimate partner stalking: current issues for risk and intervention

Flowers, C., 2019. A qualitative exploration of intimate partner stalking: current issues for risk and intervention. DPsych, Nottingham Trent University.

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Abstract

Due to the diverse motives and characteristics of stalking perpetrators, stalking behaviour is challenging to identify, address and manage. This thesis intends to drive change and reform forensic practice in the identification and clinical management of intimate partner stalking perpetrators. This thesis provides an original contribution to the literature by seeking to address the following aims:

1) To explore whether intimate partner stalking perpetrators possess similar or different characteristics to intimate partner violent perpetrators.

2) To develop an explanatory framework for understanding intimate partner stalking behaviour to inform treatment needs and intervention pathways. Greater understanding of the characteristics of this group will ensure appropriate intervention pathways are identified at the early stages of sentencing.

3) To provide recommendations for forensic practice and policy by identifying what practitioners need to know to work effectively with this population.

This thesis contributes three original empirical chapters consisting of a structured review exploring the characteristics associated with intimate partner stalking perpetrators, a qualitative study exploring the experiences of the pathway to stalking behaviour from the perspective of the perpetrator, and a qualitative study exploring practitioners' professional perceptions and experiences of working with this group. The thesis identifies that perpetrators are not a homogenous group. Whilst they possess some characteristics similar to intimate partner violent perpetrators, some characteristics are unique to intimate partner stalking perpetrators. The findings illustrate there are likely to be subtypes of perpetrators, requiring a bespoke approach to intervention. The thesis highlights what revisions are required to forensic practice for practitioners to work effectively with this group, concluding that a multi-agency approach is critical to identifying and managing perpetrators.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Flowers, C.
Date: June 2019
Rights: This work is the intellectual property of the author. You may copy up to 5% of this work for private study, or personal, non-commercial research. Any re-use of the information contained within this document should be fully referenced, quoting the author, title, university, degree level and pagination. Queries or requests for any other use, or if a more substantial copy is required, should be directed to the owner(s) of the Intellectual Property Rights.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 15 Oct 2019 11:14
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2019 11:14
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/37965

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