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Stalking by Women: Another Side of Gender Violence

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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.

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    On the 11th of May 2011 the Convention of Istanbul was approved; it was ratified by Portugal with a decree of the President of the Republic no. 13/2013, on the 21st of January, taking effect on the 1st of August 2014.

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Grangeia, H., Santos, M. (2018). Stalking by Women: Another Side of Gender Violence. In: Gomes, S., Duarte, V. (eds) Female Crime and Delinquency in Portugal. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-73534-4_3

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