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Stalking Assessment and Management (SAM), Guidelines for

The Guidelines for SAM are a set of structured professional judgment guidelines for assessment and management of the risk of stalking—a pattern of targeted, repeated, and unwanted intrusive acts—which can cause serious physical or mental harm to victims. The diversity and the number of stalking cases make it difficult for police and other professionals to determine which cases require the greatest assistance to prevent negative outcomes and where to direct assistance to have the greatest effect. The SAM provides a structure for assessing stalking cases in a standardized way in order to help with case prioritization and management decisions. This entry provides an overview of the development, structure, and use of the SAM as well as a review of the empirical evidence related to its ...

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