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We See You: Supervising Stalking Offenders
March 15, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
This webinar is hosted by the Battered Women’s Justice Project and is open to the public.
Stalking is a pattern of behavior directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Often, violations of no contact orders, calls from jail, and other forms of harassment constitute violations of stalking laws, yet these violations are often not prosecuted to the full extent. Because stalking laws often have stiffer statutory penalties, practitioners should know how to document evidence of stalking and request that prosecutors issue new charges. Supervising agents and other system players should educate stalking victims to recognize and document stalking in a way that allows the system to be the primary presenter of evidence during a trial. Community partners who understand the nature and dynamics of stalking can enhance public safety and help save lives. This session will provide an overview of stalking and suggestions on how to supervise probationers and parolees who engage in stalking behavior.
Participants will be able to:
- Discuss the challenges and opportunities related to the community supervision of stalking offenders/cases;
- Describe the critical role that community corrections professionals can play in holding stalking offenders accountable for their crimes and promote the safety of victims; Identify resources available to assist community corrections in supervising stalking cases;
- Be able to recognize and document stalking behavior.
James Henderson, Technical Assistance Provider, Probation Project, BWJP