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25 November 2013, 05:33
One in five women and one in 10 men report being stalked at some point in their lives (British Crime Survey 2009/10)
Stalking is a key factor in many domestic abuse cases and is predominantly committed by a former partner after a relationship has ended.
With the growth of internet use the popularity of the internet and social networking sites, cyber stalking has opened up a whole new element of risk for victims of domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse ex-partners often have access to victims computers, mobiles and often know the on and offline habits as well as knowing their victims passwords and security questions.
The Internet and mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets (a mobile computer) have made it easier to find and contact people directly as well as find personal information.
These new technologies provide perpetrators of domestic abuse with an 'extra tool' to hurt, abuse and humiliate victims.
Cyberstalkers target their victims through social media platforms, chat rooms, message boards, discussion forums, and e-mail.
Cyberstalking behaviour can include:
False victimisation Types of stalkers Stalkers can range from people with a crush that seek attention to more serious stalkers that enjoy the risk factor and might cause harm and be violent towards the victim
Types of stalkers can include;
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, please the confidential Devon Helpline on 0345 155 1074.