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Challenges in Policing Cyberstalking: A Critique of the Stalking Risk Profile in the Context of Online Relationships


O'Shea, B and Julian, R and Prichard, J and Kelty, S, Challenges in Policing Cyberstalking: A Critique of the Stalking Risk Profile in the Context of Online Relationships, Online Othering: Exploring Digital Violence and Discrimination on the Web, Palgrave Macmillan, HM Maras and TJ Holt (ed), Cham, pp. 331-354. ISBN 9783030126322 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-030-12633-9_14


This chapter draws on two bodies of literature—psychology and information technology (IT)—to examine how police investigate and prosecute cyberstalking. It critically examines the Stalking Risk Profile (MacKenzie et al. 2011) with respect to its relevance for assessing the risk of cyberstalking. It is argued that for police investigators and prosecutors to be proactive in policing cyberstalking, risk assessments need to adapt to constantly changing technology and the implications for technological change for interpersonal relationships. The chapter also explores police understandings of technological advancements by demonstrating a distinction between those who are pre-digital (‘digital immigrants’) or post-digital (‘digital natives’) (2001). The chapter presents findings from preliminary research that involved interviews with police investigators and prosecutors regarding challenges for policing cyberstalking.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:cyberstalking, cybercrime, policing
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Police administration, procedures and practice
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Law enforcement
UTAS Author:O'Shea, B (Miss Brianna O'Shea)
UTAS Author:Julian, R (Professor Roberta Julian)
UTAS Author:Prichard, J (Associate Professor Jeremy Prichard)
UTAS Author:Kelty, S (Dr Sally Kelty)
ID Code:136667
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-01-13
Last Modified:2020-03-03

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