Intersections of Stalking and Economic Security

Asha DuMonthier, Malore Dusenbery, M.A., Sarah Gonzalez Bocinski, M.A.

January 26, 2017
  • ID: B365

Stalking affects nearly one in six women and more than one in 19 men in the United States in their lifetime. The majority of stalking victims are stalked by individuals they know. Two-thirds (66.2 percent) of female victims report that the stalker was a former intimate partner. Common stalking tactics–including physical surveillance, unwanted phone calls, other unwanted contact, and property invasion or damage –impede victims’ employment and cause financial harm leading to economic insecurity. Stalking rates differ among women of different racial/ethnic backgrounds, with Native American women especially likely to experience stalking (24.5 percent of American Indian/Alaska Native women), while 13.9 percent of non-Hispanic Black women experiencing stalking. Some of the groups most likely to experience stalking also have among the lowest levels of financial resources available to address the issue. Stalking threatens victims’ employment and financial security in addition to their physical safety and well-being, and community and justice leaders can take affirmative steps to help ensure access to economic and other resources shown to promote safety.