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Key Findings

Civil Remedies

In 74 percent of reviewed stalking cases, a Temporary Protective Order was violated prior to the fatal incident. These incidents signal missed opportunities to hold perpetrators, who subsequently went on to kill their victims, accountable for ongoing abuse.

In stalking cases reviewed by the Project, many victims sought civil remedies to the stalking and abuse they were experiencing. Victims in reviewed cases involving stalking were 24 percent more likely than those in non-stalking cases to be involved with civil courts. Both victims and perpetrators were more than twice as likely to have contact with the Superior Court in stalking-involved cases. A significant portion of Superior Court contacts resulted from the Temporary Protective Order (TPO) process. Victims in reviewed stalking cases were nearly 10 times as likely to file a TPO than victims in non-stalking cases.

VICTIM AND PERPETRATOR CONTACT WITH COURTS

VICTIM ACCESS TO TEMPORARY PROTECTIVE ORDER