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Publication Stalking Victims in the United States - Revised

Shannan M. Catalano, Ph.D.

September 28, 2012    NCJ 224527

Presents findings on victims of nonfatal stalking in the U.S., based on the largest data collection of such behavior to date. Data were collected in a supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) and sponsored by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). Topics covered in the report include stalking and harassment prevalence by demographic characteristics, duration of stalking and harassment, and the nature of behaviors experienced by victims.

Errata: The original report, released in January 2009, was written by Katrina Baum, Ph.D., Shannan M. Catalano, Ph.D., and Michael R. Rand of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and Kristina Rose of the National Institute of Justice. See page 2 of the revised report for details about the revisions.


  • During a 12-month period, an estimated 1.5% of persons age 18 or older were victims of stalking.
  • The percentage of stalking victims was highest for individuals who were divorced or separated (3.3%), compared to those married, never married, or widowed.
  • A greater percentage of females were stalked than males; however, females and males were equally likely to experience harassment.

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