Victims Responses to Stalking

Explanatory Statement

 
We are interested in finding out more about the experiences of stalking victims and survivors in order to try and understand the best possible methods of intervention by victims. Stalking is widespread in Australia, with up to 15% of the female population having been stalked at some point in their lives. We would like to find out about your experiences, specifically, how you have responded to being stalked. The aim of this research is to improve services and support for victims.

We would therefore be most grateful if you could complete this questionnaire. Stalking is an extraordinary and complex crime, so the questionnaire is (unfortunately!) quite detailed. Work through it at your own pace, perhaps taking breaks and returning to the questionnaire when you feel ready. It is estimated that the questionnaire may take between 40 to 60 minutes to complete.

If you would rather complete a paper copy of the questionnaire, please contact Matthew via e-mail at stalkingresponses@gmail.com or by post at “Bond University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Gold Coast, Queensland, 4229.”

All responses are anonymous which means neither we nor anyone else will know your identity. You are required to complete a text box at the start of the questionnaire, providing the last 3 digits of your mobile or home phone, plus the first and last letters of your surname or mother’s maiden name, and your date of birth for month only (for example, "550PK10"). This is a unique reference number which you are asked to make a note of in order that, should you wish to contact us and withdraw your information from the survey at any stage, we will be able to identify your questionnaire using that reference. In the event that you need to contact us, your information will remain confidential. If you’re feeling any distress as a result of completing the survey, please contact Bond Counselling Service on 0755954002, “Lifeline” on 131114 or a private practitioner.

The questionnaire has seven sections in all. Between some sections you are prompted to “Take a Break” by answering questions which do not necessarily relate to your experiences of stalking. Please complete these as your answers to them are equally important to our research. If you think we have missed anything out, or if you would like to tell us more about any particular aspect of your experience, please go to the end where there is additional space to add further details.

This study only seeks to know about the information of ONE stalker – if you have been stalked by more than one person, please feel free to submit an additional survey.

Please only complete the survey if you are:
• Female;
• Over the age of 18;
• Living in Australia; and
• You have been stalked at one time or another.

Stalking, for the purposes of this questionnaire, includes intentionally being followed, watched, approached, contacted by phone, email, or other use of technology, being sent offensive material or being threatened or experiencing acts of violence towards you or your property, (any of these behaviours must have occurred on more than one occasion) which has either caused you to be fearful, OR has caused you detriment (e.g., serious psychological harm, selling a property you would not otherwise sell, changing your route to work, fearful for another person’s safety, etc.).


Should you have any complaints concerning the manner in which this research is being conducted please make contact with the following, quoting the reference “RO1617” –

Bond University Human Research Ethics Committee,
c/o Bond University Office of Research Services.
Bond University, Gold Coast, 4229
Tel: +61 7 5595 4194 Fax: +61 7 5595 1120 Email: buhrec@bond.edu.au


Thank you.
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1. Please only complete an a survey if you are:

• Female;
• Over the age of 18;
• Living in Australia; and
• You have been stalked at one time or another.


Are you happy for Bond University to use your answers to the following questions for the purpose of their stalking research?
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