Women who are stalked: Questioning the fear standard

Noella A. Dietz, Patricia Yancey Martin

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The authors use logistic regression with the National Violence Against Women Survey sample (N = 8,000) to explore patterns in fear reported by women who were stalked. One fourth of our sample felt no fear, with Black women significantly less likely to report fear (compared to White women). Women who were frequently stalked, stalked by an intimate or family member or acquaintance, or stalked by physical or communicative means reported feeling fearful more than did others. Requiring a woman to feel fearful before accepting her experience as an instance of stalking risks, the authors conclude, a miscarriage of justice, an undercount of the crime, and an abandonment of women (and others) who need validation from the state and protection from stalkers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)750-776
Number of pages27
JournalViolence against Women
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2007


  • Fear
  • Stalkervictim relationship
  • Stalking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies


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