The importance of defining the typology of your stalker
Whether as a means of identifying who the stalker is; or post-identification as a means of determining the course of action to be taken, identifying the stalker’s typology is extremely important.
The next series of articles explore the four recognised types of stalker. A future post will explore the motivations that drive each stalker typology.
I will also elaborate upon each of the typologies along with relevant case studies in a future post.
In Q1 2011, upon the escalation of the obsessive behaviour of my stalker, my advisors counselled that a key step for my family and I would be to have my stalker's typology independently assessed. As my advisors and I began the process of determining the typology of my stalker, we examined amongst other evidence and source materials, the research of eminent academics with recognised expertise in stalking, cyberstalking, erotomania and sadistic harassment. This research; in conjunction with his behaviour pattern towards a prior victim; and in turn my family and me, proved decisive in determining his particular typology - and thus a proposed method of resolution.
In addition to these recognised academic experts I have taken into consideration my own experiences and those of many other victims and survivors, along with anecdotal evidence provided by skilled experts in the fields of criminology, law, psychology, psychiatry and domestic violence. Appropriate references are quoted at the end of each article.
One of the preeminent and globally recognised academic experts whose research I refer to extensively is Chartered Forensic Psychologist Dr. Lorraine Sheridan, BSc(Hons), PhD, CPsychol, MIPD.
Dr. Sheridan writes:
”Understanding what motivates different types of stalkers is key to understanding the nature of stalking behaviour. My research has identified four basic stalker types.”
The following data on Stalker Typologies is taken from works and data of Dr. Lorraine Sheridan and Dr. Julian Boon. It encompasses research covering over one hundred actual stalking cases.
The below four tables provide a brief synopsis as to Dr. Sheridan and Dr. Boon's Stalker Typologies including relative occurrence, defining characteristics, advice / follow-up actions and high-risk warning characteristics.