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While the legal definition of stalking varies across jurisdictions, behaviorally, it is generally considered to comprise any of a wide range of repeated acts that either threaten the victim, are intended to cause fear or harm, cause distress, or are otherwise unwanted by the victim. Before the proscription of stalking into criminal law, instances of stalking were sometimes addressed by other criminal laws (such as threats) or by the mental health system. Most of the initial research into stalking was conducted with stalkers who had come into contact with the mental health system. As stalking was criminalized, research extended to include the experiences and feelings of stalking victims as well as the examination of a broader range of stalkers. Additional research has included the manner ...

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