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Characteristics and Dynamics of Cyberstalking Victimization Among Juveniles and Young Adults

NCJ Number
Violence Against Women Volume: Online Dated: Jan 2024
Date Published
January 2024

This article examines the topic of cyberstalking of juveniles to determine its prevalence and extent of threatened violence; it discusses the research study’s participant sample, methodology, and results.


Using the nationally representative Ipsos online KnowledgePanel, the sample included three hundred thirty-six 18- to 28-year-olds who retrospectively reported first cyberstalking incidents as juveniles (nine- to 17-year-olds) or adults. Half of the sample first experienced cyberstalking as juveniles and half first experienced it as adults. Juveniles were more likely to have more than two perpetrators in the same episode, to experience more violent threats, and to avoid people because of what happened. Few reported the incident to the police, with juveniles less likely to report it to the police. Cyberstalking of juveniles appears just as or more serious than cyberstalking of adults. (Published Abstract Provided)

Date Published: January 1, 2024