Thursday, October 6, 2016
Tracey Carter (Belmont University - College of Law) has posted Local, State, and Federal Responses to Stalking: Are Anti-Stalking Laws Effective? (22 Wm. & Mary J. Women & L. 333 (2015-2016)) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
Statistics show that there are currently 7.5 million victims of stalking in the United States each year. The year 2014 commemorated the 20th Anniversary since passage of the federal Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (“VAWA”) that was signed by President Bill Clinton on September 13, 1994. Passage of this Act marked a key transformation in our nation’s response to the crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The VAWA was established to promote “collaboration among law enforcement, health care providers, nonprofit service groups, community leaders, and the private sector” to combat these crimes. In fact, the VAWA was created as a “coordinated community response” to respond to the crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. In addition, this Act provided significant “federal resources for police, prosecutors, prevention programs, and victim service initiatives” in these cases.
This Article highlights the serious problem of stalking and addresses whether after 20 years since the original passage of the federal VAWA in 1994, anti-stalking laws are effective at the local, state, and federal levels.