Stalking by Women: Another Side of Gender Violence



The aim of this article is to analyse stalking perpetrated by women, from a gender perspective. To this end, we begin by examining the conceptualization of stalking as a form of gender violence that emerges from visible forms of gender inequalities and that affects women disproportionately, stressing the importance of the Istanbul Convention. It also explores the way stalking could arise from gendered habits and practices, and therefore polarizes the interpretations of stalking by women as opposed to stalking by men. We present data from scientific studies that point to a minority of women stalkers, for subsequent reflection on the need to consider explanatory frameworks that are gender specific.


Stalking Women offenders Gender violence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto Universitário da Maia (ISMAI)MaiaPortugal
  2. 2.JusGov Universidade do MinhoBragaPortugal

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