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Stalking is defined by the Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime as “a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.” Stalking behaviors may include nonconsensual communication, pursuing or showing up uninvited, surveillance, trespassing, vandalism, nonconsensual touching, direct physical and/or verbal threats, gathering of information about a victim, manipulative and controlling behaviors, and/or defamation or slander against the victim. Stalking is a crime under the laws of all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and the federal government; however, the legal definition of stalking varies across jurisdictions. This entry briefly introduces stalking research within the context of gender and other marginalized identities. This entry includes a review of ...

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