Stalking as a variant of domestic violence.
J. L. Kurt,
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law
23(2): 219-30, 1995.
Much of what is presently known about stalking in a domestic context has been depicted by the
popular press, typically following a tragic outcome, and suggests that it is a problem of increasing
dimensions. However, scientific literature on this subject is quite limited. This article provides an
overview of scientific data related to stalking and associated psychiatric syndromes, including
erotomania. It reviews the current antistalking legislation and the National Institute of Justice Model
Anti-Stalking Code. Four case studies of stalkers with psychotic disorders versus personality
disorders are presented, and the differential diagnoses are discussed. The implications of diagnostic
classification, with respect to criminal responsibility, are also discussed. [References: 26]