Essay on Domestic Violence And Sexual Assault And Stalking

1040 Words Sep 28th, 2016 5 Pages
Domestic violence is when one partner tries to establish power or control over the other causing the person to feel intimidated. (Safe Horizon, 2016) In 1994 the VAWA focused on issues such as domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. It caught the attention of policy makers, communities, crisis prevention specialists, and criminal justice professionals. The stalking law is good to have just because stalking was reported more and more over the years. It helps the victims when they are abused at home. It can be helpful if the case goes to trial. It can also paint a picture of what kind of relationship the people have. A stalking charge is when a person is accused of causing intentional fear on another person. That person believes that they will be harmed if they try to get help from anyone. A survey conducted on stalking by the National Institute of Justice revealed that only approximately 2 percent of men and 8 percent of women have been stalked in the United States. It equates to 1 out of 12 women and 1 out of 45 men. 78% of stalking victims are female and 87% of all staking offenders are male. Most stalking cases are committed by someone the victim knows. 23% of female stalking victims and 36% of male stalking victims are stalked by strangers.
When someone falls prey to domestic violence, law enforcement officers should be cautious and ensure they treat the situation seriously. They should be meticulous about taking statements and handling evidence to ensure it…

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