European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 335–344 | Cite as

Pathways Towards New Criminalisation: The Case of Stalking in Portugal

  • Célia FerreiraEmail author
  • Marlene Matos
  • Carla Antunes


Stalking, which is a form of interpersonal violence, has been increasing and has a significant impact on affected victims. However, despite established scientific consensus, the juridical–legal system, specifically in Europe, is still extremely asymmetric. Portugal, compelled by scientific data and the Istanbul Convention, was the most recent country to approve specific legislation against stalking. In this critical review, we describe the previous national situation and provide examples from other countries to elucidate the trajectory of the recent criminalisation process, analyse the existing legal content and reflect upon the implications and challenges associated with this legal progression.


Stalking Criminalisation Implications Challenges 



This study was partially conducted at Psychology Research Centre (UID/PSI/01662/2013), University of MInho, and supported by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and the Portuguese Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education through national funds and co-financed by FEDER through COMPETE2020 under the PT2020 Partnership Agreement (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007653).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidade Lusófona do PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Universidade do MinhoBragaPortugal

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