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Exploring the Dynamics of Stalking

This is a past event.

From 10:00 to 13:00 on 28th March 2018

SWA Office, 2nd Floor, 132 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 3JD

Cost: £25

The phenomenon of stalking has been highlighted in Scotland with recent changes in legislation defining it as a specific crime. Despite this information about stalking in Scotland is scarce and those who suffer at the hands of a stalker often find their experiences minimised and misunderstood.

What is known and acknowledged internationally is that stalking happens to far more women and men and that perpetrators of stalking are most often male. Similarly there are strong links between domestic violence and stalking and that a predictor of violence within the context of stalking is the history of an intimate relationship between the victim and stalker. Stalking however, remains undefined as a gender based violence and is often ignored in policy tackling violence against women.

Drawing from current research this seminar aims draw attention to the gendered nature of stalking, the severe impact on those who are targeted and links to domestic violence.

Facilitator: Katy Proctor is a lecturer in Criminology and Policing at Glasgow Caledonian University. Prior to this Katy worked within the violence against women sector for ten years supporting women, young people and children who have suffered domestic abuse and sexual assault. Her last role, before returning to University, was developing and piloting a support service for ethnic minority women and children experiencing gender based violence. She has sat on the boards of Stirling Women’s Aid and Dignity Alert and Research Forum (D.A.R.F.), Action Scotland Against Stalking (A.S.A.S.) and Forth Valley Rape Crisis. Katy is also writing up her PhD research on the victim impact of stalking. Her research comes from a feminist perspective.

Social Justice & Poverty
Local Authority Area
Midlothian Council
Scottish Women's Aid
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