Stalking And Intimate Partner Violence Laws Essay

1898 Words Oct 4th, 2016 8 Pages
Over time there has been many changes concerning stalking and intimate partner-violence laws. The first law regarding stalking was passed in California back in 1992, (U.S. Department of Justice, 1996). Before 1992 there were no legislations regarding stalking meaning one could stalk a victim and not face any charges. In addition, intimate partner-violence was a norm where men were legally allowed to beat or “discipline” their wives if they acted a certain way/dishonored their husband. Over the years there became changes to the law but some states to this day are stricter than others on enforcing the law. The first stalking law was passed in California after Actress Rebecca Schaeffer was killed by a fan that had been stalking her for a couple years, (U.S. Department of Justice, 1996). The killing of Rebecca Schaeffer would start a trend where laws would start getting passed regarding stalking. For example, California would become the first state to pass an anti-stalking law back in 1992, (U.S. Department of Justice, 1998). Approximately four years later there was a Federal law passed that banned stalkers from crossing state lines to follow their victims, (U.S. Department of Justice, 1998). Then in 1998 there was legislation in progress for passing laws and fixing prior laws about stalking minors throughout 12 states, (U.S. Department of Justice, 1998). Each state has specific guidelines for the laws on stalking as well as different penalties for said crime. For example, in…

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