Stalking is a crime, carried out by individuals with anger management issues and obsessions pursuing or hunting the victim repeatedly , long-term, it is threatening and dangerous. The relentless actions can lead to a murder or serious injury and pose life disruptions and psychological effects that include anxiety disorders primarily PTSD, depression and suicidal thoughts (Meloy 1998 and Sears 2020). In the UK it can be prosecuted under the Stalking Protection Act 2019, restraining orders, hospitalisation and imprisonment. Those of you who have been stalked for over ten years, will agree with Meloy (1998) that stalkers simply don’t fade away and that tougher sentencing is required including Tarasoff-duty that is not favoured by the UK (Thomas, 2014), leaving the stalkers squelching in the gaps of the system. The effects on victims by stalkers with anger management issues are catastrophic. One client that have been stalked for over ten years evidently depressed, traumatised with suicidal thoughts, described feeling repeatedly let down by the criminal justice system. The client presented cyber-stalking material that demonstrated thought disorder and paranoid delusions prevalent in psychotic patients with paranoid schizophrenia.
The stalkers profiling suggests the issues onset during formative years and as a consequence of dysfunctional attachment to parents (Meloy, 1998), that would explain the anger management symptoms and lusting for retribution (Sears, 2020). From there on Meloy (1998) describes stalkers as socially incompetent isolated, lonely, unemployed and underemployed with history of failed relationships that could leave one with anger management issues and resentment and a time to ambush targets daily, minute by minute with myriad of abusive written material ruining targets’ lives. Cupach et al., (1994) provides research that stalkers are more intelligent than other criminals. The stalking types are diverse and the form of stalking falls into three groups of obsessional, love and erotomaniacs. The obsessional stalkers are most common and stalk prior sexually intimate partners (Meloy, 1998). Stalkers tend to deny, blame and minimise, the stalking is motivated by control, and the common thought theme are obsessions best treated with SSRIs antidepressants (Meloy, 1998) and if untreated can spiral into dual diagnoses of OCD, personality disorders and psychosis with anger management issues (Sears, 2020). The frequency of violence is 25 – 35% range, suggesting high rate of anger management issues, the obsessional are the most violent and the homicide among victims of stalking is less than 2% (Meloy, 1998). The risk of anger management issues and violence trigger is intervention by third parties trying to help protect the victim (Meloy, 1998).