Risk Factors for Stalking Recidivism in a Dutch Community Forensic Mental Health Sample

Authors Troy E. McEwan, Lianne Harder, Cleo Brandt, Vivienne de Vogel
Published in International Journal of Forensic Mental Health
Publication date 2019
Research groups Working with Mandated Clients
Type Article


There are few studies of stalking recidivism and none examining risk factors for recidivistic stalking of the same victim versus a different victim. Data from 70 clients of Dutch community forensic mental health clinics was used to investigate the prevalence of stalking recidivism, risk factors, and any potential protective effect of psychological treatment. Over 50% were again reported to police for stalking over two years, including 21% who stalked a new victim. No risk factors were significantly related to future stalking and psychological treatment was unrelated to recidivism. Possible explanations for these findings and directions for future research are discussed.

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Language English
Published in International Journal of Forensic Mental Health
Key words Stalking, recidivism, community forensic mental health, policing, offender treatment
Digital Object Identifier 10.1080/14999013.2019.1661885