Welcome to the Stalking Resource Center

The mission of the Stalking Resource Center is to enhance the ability of professionals, organizations, and systems to effectively respond to stalking.

Archived Events

Below are posted recordings of our online trainings. Please click the link and follow the instructions to view the recording.

Webinars:


BWJP Webinar Part I: Recognizing Stalking in Intimate Partner Violence Cases

August 9, 2017

Research has shown that 7.5 million adults are stalked in one year in the United States, yet stalking is a crime that is often misunderstood, minimized, or missed entirely. While stalking remains an underreported crime, when it is reported, stalking charges are rarely filed even when all the elements of the crime are present.  Part I of this webinar series will explore the importance of recognizing the intersection of stalking in intimate partner violence cases and the various technologies being used to track and monitor victims.


Coordinated Approach to Preventing Stalking: The New York City CAPS Model

October 18, 2016

Presented by the SRC, the New York City Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence, and the New York City Police Department

Research indicated that 75 million adults are stalked in a one year period and individuals aged 18-24 have the highest rate of stalking. Yet, stalking is a crime that is often misunderstood, minimized, or missed entirely, even when it intersects with other crimes such as domestic violence. Recognizing the higher risk of violence for domestic violence victims who are also being stalked, the NYC Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence (OCDV), inc collaboration with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and local District Attorney's offices, created the CAPS (Coordinated Approach to Prevent Stalking) Model.

The CAPS Model is a homicide prevention program aimed at identifying intimate partner stalking cases and providing appropriate criminal justice and social services interventions before stalking behavior escalates to physical injury, serious physical injury or fatality. The success of the program is evident: within the first year of the initiative, stalking cases identified by NYPD increased by 233 percent.

In this informative webinar for criminal justice professionals, participants will hear from the Stalking Resource Center, the national experts on victimization, the NYC Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence, and representative from the NYPD Domestic Violence Unit which was a key part of the implementation.


Stalking: A Qualifying Crime for a U Visa

March 1, 2016

Presented by the SRC and the National Latin@ Network (Casa de Esperanza)

An immigrant victim of stalking may qualify for a U visa. Unfortunately, stalking is a crime that is often misunderstood, minimized or missed entirely. For this reason the National Latin@ Network from Casa de Esperanza and the Stalking Resource Center are partnering to help advocates better represent immigrant victims of stalking.

The webinar will give an overview of the U visa, and will provide advocates with tools and knowledge on the crime of stalking. This will aid in the identification of the crime and will provide strategies to prove the "substantial physical or emotional abuse" requirement for the U visa.


Stalking In Later Life

January 27, 2016

Presented by the SRC and the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)


Media Literacy and the Social Normalization of Stalking

May 14, 2015

Presented by Andrea Quijada of the Media Literacy Project.

Stalking is a crime that is frequently minimized and misunderstood, in part because it is a behavior that is socially normalized. Media plays a critical role in shaping our understanding of stalking, and other forms of violence. Media literacy is a tool that we can all use to better deconstruct media and deconstruct the culture at large as we work towards building more effective violence response and prevention methods. Using media clips and examples, this webinar will introduce basic media literacy concepts and deconstruction questions that can be integrated into stalking, domestic violence, and sexual assault response and prevention programs, workshops, and daily conversations.

***This webinar includes an image for a product called “Forget Me Not Panties.” It was brought to our attention that these are a hoax. The webinar presenter learned after the webinar that the website was created as an art project. You can read more here.
What is notable, is that the website received so many requests for the panties (over a million requests within the first month or so), that they had to create a fake PR firm to handle the press. As our the presenter notes, “for me, the concern is not whether or not the panties are fake. Rather, that the students who created the fake panties were so easily able to use the ideas of surveillance, stalking, and control of women and their bodies as effective marketing tools because those ideas are embedded in our culture."

FTC Response to Technology Misuse and Abuse

April 29, 2015

Presented by Jacqueline Connor and Lisa Weintraub Schifferle, Federal Trade Commission

The FTC, a national consumer protection agency, will talk about its role in addressing online safety and how its efforts impact stalking and domestic violence victims. Learn how the FTC uses both law enforcement and consumer education to combat the types of tools that stalkers use to hack into email, track location, and even take videos. Find out about online safety tips that may be particularly useful to stalking and domestic violence victims.


Overview of and Considerations in Federal Stalking Cases

March 24, 2015

The presenters, Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Cari Robins, SSA Sabina Sauer and Crime Analyst Kristen Solik, are all members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Behavioral Analysis Unit.

While there are stalking laws within all 50 states as well as a federal law, this remains a widely under-prosecuted crime. The federal statute in particular seems to be underutilized. In general the federal statute, Title 18 U.S.C. 2261A, applies to cases in which the offender and/or their course of conduct cross state lines. With the ease of interstate travel and the virtual nature of our worlds, there is an increasing amount of stalking cases with a federal nexus. This webinar will provide an overview of the federal stalking statute as well as several other applicable federal laws. The discussion will inform about the federal response to stalking cases and also address the advantages and challenges of pursuing cases through the federal system. 


Technical Evidence in Stalking Prosecutions: Where to Get It and How to Get It In

February 24, 2015

Presented by Elaina Roberts, Program Attorney, Stalking Resource Center and John Wilkinson, Attorney Advisor, AEquitas

More than 7.5 million people in the United States are affected by stalking every year, with some studies indicating that one in four victims report use of technology by the offender. The use of personal computers, mobile devices, and other technology in stalking activity presents challenges for the prosecutor who must connect the activity to the defendant. Prosecutors must be familiar with the sources of available evidence, how to obtain it from technology providers, and how to present it effectively to a jury. This webinar will cover the applicable rules of evidence and relevant case law associated with proving a technology-facilitated stalking case, and will provide strategies on when and how to introduce technical evidence and overcome common objections at trial.

To download a copy of the PowerPoint slides, click here.


VAWA Amendments to Clery: Recognizing & Responding to Stalking on Campus

February 17, 2015

The 2013 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments to the Clery Act require that colleges and universities address stalking in a variety of ways. While these rules are not effective until July 2015, many campuses are already working to implement these provisions and struggling with questions regarding counting stalking crimes, determining Clery geography in stalking cases, and implementing stalking awareness and prevention programming. In this free webinar, the Stalking Resource Center and the Clery Center will explore these and other issues related to recognizing and effectively responding to stalking on campus.


The Intersection of Stalking and Sexual Assault

January 28, 2015

This webinar will address the often overlooked link between stalking and sexual assault. Stalking is a crime that is often co-perpetrated with other crimes, such as domestic violence and sexual assault. Research supports a connection between stalking and sexual assault—both pre- and post-assault. In this webinar, we will explore the nature and dynamics of stalking, focusing on its intersection with sexual assault. We will also discuss ways in which this information impacts our responses to and services for victims. Michelle M. Garcia, Director of the Stalking Resource Center, National Center for Victims of Crime will be the presenter. This session will provide useful information and strategies for a wide variety of professionals, including prosecutors and other lawyers, law enforcement, medical professionals, judges, victim advocates, journalists and communications professionals, and others who interact with and write about sexual assault victims.


The Stalking and Harassment Assessment and Risk Profile

December 10, 2014

This training is co-hosted by the Battered Women's Justice Project and the Stalking Resource Center. This presentation will introduce the Stalking and Harassment Assessment and Risk Profile (SHARP) and will describe the assumptions and conceptual framework. The overall goal of SHARP is to provide a research informed tool for increasing awareness of stalking by: (1) Assessing the “big picture” of stalking; (2) describing the risk profile to better understand the level of concern and dangerousness of the situation; (3) providing users with a narrative summary of responses to the assessment questions in a word document that can be used for a variety of purposes; and, (4) suggesting research-grounded safety strategies based on assessment responses for consideration. SHARP is a tool that can be used in conjunction with other risk assessments and tools in the field. SHARP can be used by victims or others on behalf of the victim.

To view the materials, click here.


Supporting Stalking Victims Who Relocate for Personal Safety: Effective Strategies for Future Privacy & Safety

November 20, 2014

Victims of stalking often relocate, sometimes multiple times, for their personal safety and privacy. Victim service providers and other responders working with these victims face unique challenges given the vast amount of data and information available online and elsewhere that stalkers may access. In this webinar, participants will learn how breaches in location, personal or other information may occur in stalking cases and how to strategize with victims to prevent future breaches and preserve privacy post-relocation. We will also explore the potential risks and benefits for stalking victims who are considering identity change as part of their safety planning and what factors should explored with the victim to determine if it is a viable and safe option.


Understanding Stalking Dynamics and Implications for Transgender Individuals and Communities

May 8, 2014

The Stalking Resource Center partnered with FORGE to present this webinar. Recent national data indicates that 6.6 million people are stalked in a one year period in the United States; yet stalking is a crime that is often misunderstood, minimized or missed entirely. Rebecca Dreke, Deputy Director of the Stalking Resource Center, will provide foundational information on stalking, including common stalking dynamics, the impact on victims, and how victim service providers can better assist transgender victims and survivors of stalking. Additionally, the webinar will include a case study in which a transgender professor was stalked by a student. We will explore how their respective identities compromised the effectiveness of officials’ and bystanders’ responses. Webinar participants will be offered practical tools on safety planning and threat assessment as well as other examples to support them in better serving transgender individuals who have experienced stalking.


Teens and Stalking

February 27, 2014

Research indicates that 12% of adult stalking victims report being stalked before the age of 18, yet this statistic may underestimate the reality of teen stalking victimization for a variety of reasons. Although the dynamics of stalking among teens and stalking among adults are often similar—including primarily intimate partner offenders, low reporting rates, and connection to sexual and physical assault— practitioners should know how they differ to better serve the populations they work with. In this webinar we will explore what the research indicates about teen stalking victimization as well as some considerations for working with teen victims/survivors. Click here to download a PDF of the slides.


Technology Abuse Evidentiary Issues

January 21, 2014

Stalkers and domestic violence perpetrators are increasingly using technology as part of their course of conduct. GPS tracking devices, spyware, Facebook tampering, and harassing text messages--technological abuse is present in many cases of stalking and intimate partner violence. This webinar will equip attorneys, advocates, and members of the judiciary to better handle the introduction of evidence of technological abuse. By gaining a greater understanding of the case law and evidentiary rules related to technological abuse, participants will be better prepared to:

  1. Maneuver the ethical requirements of gathering and documenting technological abuse.
  2. Get evidence of technological abuse admitted into court.

National Stalking Awareness Month 2014

December 6, 2013

January 2014 will mark the 10th anniversary of the first National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM). This webinar discusses the history of NSAM and planning for the 2014 observance. Our speakers include Michelle Garcia, director of the Stalking Resource Center; Kevin Sweeney with the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice; and special guest Debbie Riddle, whose sister, Peggy Klinke, was murdered by a stalker in January 2003. It is in Peggy’s memory that we commemorate Stalking Awareness Month in January each year.


National Stalking Awareness Month 2013

November 28, 2012

January is National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM), a month to raise awareness about the 6.6 million people who are stalked in the United States in one year. In this webinar, the Stalking Resource Center, a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime, and the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, discuss the history of National Stalking Awareness Month, how other communities have observed NSAM in the past, and how you can plan for 2013. We provide resources, campaign posters, and take away material, such as our “31 Days of Status Updates” to post on your social networking sites during the month of January.


Planning for National Stalking Awareness Month on Your Campus

November 15, 2012

January is National Stalking Awareness Month. Every year, organizations and communities schedule events to raise awareness about the 6.6 million people who are stalked in the US in one year. In this webinar, hosted by CALCASA, Laura Kikuchi, Program Assistant for the Stalking Resource Center (SRC), and Hema Khan, Program Attorney of the SRC, provided information and resources to help plan for National Stalking Awareness Month on campuses, and discussed how to create an effective stalking response on campus.



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