The phenomenon of ‘stalking’

A definition of stalking (Mullen, Páthe, Purcell & Stuart, 1999): “A constellation of behaviors involving repeated and persistent attempts to impose on another person unwanted communication and/or contact.

Stalking can be characterised as a certain type of behaviour and activities, which by the victim are perceived as unwanted, repetitive and constant, and which intrude on and terrify the victim.

Stalking can entail various types of behavioural patterns. Separately, every action taken by the stalker may seem innocent enough


and harmless, but seen in a context and with regard to the history between the stalker and the victim, those activities can have a very intimidating, invasive and intruding effect on a person’s life.

Stalking does not equal harassment, but harassment is often a part of the stalking.

Fear is not always a mark of stalking, but fear is typically induced in the victim in the stalking process.