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Publication Stalking Victimization, 2016

Jennifer L. Truman, Ph.D., Rachel E. Morgan, Ph.D., BJS Statisticians

April 15, 2021    NCJ 253526

This report details the demographic characteristics of stalking victims and describes the nature of stalking victimization, including the number of offenders, the victim-offender relationship, and the frequency and duration of the stalking. The survey measured 12 types of stalking behaviors, incorporating both traditional stalking and stalking with technology.


  • About 1.5% (3.8 million) of persons age 16 or older were victims of stalking in 2016.
  • A greater percentage of persons age 16 or older experienced stalking with technology only (0.5%) than traditional stalking only (0.3%).
  • Females were stalked more than twice as often (2.0%) as males (0.9%).
  • Most victims of stalking (69%) knew their offender in some capacity.

Part of the Stalking Victimization Series

Summary (PDF 167K)
Full report (PDF 553K)
Data tables (Zip format 16K)

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