Resources for Judges
Have the Stalking Resource Center Come Train Your Department!
The Stalking Resource Center provides training that is victim-centered, research informed, and practice based. Stalking Resource Center staff are available to participate in training events sponsored by practitioners on the local, state, and national level. Click here for more information about our training activities and to learn about upcoming events.
Produced by the Stalking Resource Center and Lifetime Television, this training video for judges was created in response to the murder of stalking victim Peggy Klinke by a former partner. Click here to view this video.
This 15-minute training video is designed to enhance awareness among professionals working with victims of stalking on how stalkers use a vast array of technology to frighten, track and attempt to control their victims. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to request access to the online video.
Produced by Academy-award winning documentary filmmakers Citizen Film, Women's Educational Media, and the Stalking Resource Center, this video features two jurisdictions that successfully use multidisciplinary, collaborative responses to stalking: The New York Anti-Stalking Task Force and The Family Violence Center, a unit of the San Jose Police Department. This video may be useful for judges to observe what happens before a case makes it to the courtroom. Click here to view this video. A copy of this video can also be purchased from the National Center for Victims of Crime Store.
Online Training Course
Stalkers often use technology to assist them in stalking their victims. This self-paced, interactive online training will increase the ability of judges and other criminal justice professionals to recognize how stalkers use technology. Click here to register.
For more information about how different technologies can be used to stalk, laws and legal considerations, barriers victims face when being stalked and resources, click here.
Stalking Response Tips
Developed in partnership with the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, this series presents judges and other criminal justice professionals, advocates, and victims with specific tips and information on responding to stalking.
- Tips for Judges
Responding to Stalking: A Guide for Prosecutors (and Judges)
Stalking is one of the few crimes for which timely prosecution and critical rulings can save lives. This guide is intended as a resource for prosecutors in stalking cases. While this is a great resource for prosecutors, there is also a lot of helpful information for judges and criminal justice personnel. It provides an overview of what stalking is and the best practices for prosecuting offenders. Click here to view the guide.
The Practitioner Perspectives series highlights promising responses to stalking across the United States.
- Wendy Cohen and Cindy Hora, Illinois Attorney General's Office
- Rachel Solov, Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County District Attorney's Office,
Sex Crimes and Stalking Unit
Responding to Stalking: A Guide for Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Programs
The Stalking Resource Center, in partnership with Inspire Action for Social Change, and the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, is excited to provide a new resource on supervised visitation and safe exchange programs. This resource can be helpful for judges to gain an understanding of what happens after they order supervised visitation for an offender with his/her children and the challenges and/or threats this can pose to victims.
Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange programs are critical to enhancing safety for children and adult victims by increasing opportunities for supervised visitation and safe exchange, by and between custodial and non-custodial parents, in cases involving domestic violence, dating violence, child abuse, sexual assault, or stalking. Stalking poses a particular challenge for victims, as it can occur before, during, and after a visit or exchange. It is essential that supervised visitation and safe exchange program staff are able to effectively recognize, report and respond to stalking.
This guide includes an overview of the dynamics of stalking, the intersection of stalking and domestic violence, how to assess for stalking, and considerations for policy and procedure. To download the guide, please click here.
Model Stalking Code
This publication contains statutory language and accompanying commentary to help policymakers, advocates, criminal justice professionals and others create stronger, more effective stalking laws and protocols.
Stalking Fact Sheet
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Address Confidentiality Programs were created to protect victims of stalking, domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes from offenders who use public records, such as voter or drivers' license registries, to locate them. These programs give victims a legal substitute address (usually a post office box) to use in place of their physical address; this address can be used whenever an address is required by public agencies. First class mail sent to the substitute address is forwarded to the victim's actual address.
Thirty-six states have launched Address Confidentiality Programs (see below) and laws governing eligibility vary from state to state. It is important to remember that these programs can only work if the perpetrator does not know where the victim lives, and when used in conjunction with other safety strategies.