What is multi-perpetrator stalking?

Michael Salter is conducting research into multi-perpetrator stalking and violence.
He defines this sort of stalking as:
  •  A form of violence against women
  •  Invloves multiple people who know each other
  • These people track the woman’s wherabouts
  • They may also abuse and attack the woman concerned
 There are different scenarios of this form of stalking. For example:
  • Perpetrators may come from within the woman’s family and community,
  • Perpetrators  may be known to her through a partner
  • Perpetrators may be known through an  ex-partner,
The origin of the word stalk
 According to an on-line dictionary, the word stalk comes from the old English word  stealcian or bestealcian meaning “to steal along, walk warily,” It is also related to the germanic ster- meaning “to rob, steal“.
 The comtemporary meaning of stalk as “harass obsessively” was first recorded 1991.
Visualising stalking
I’ve been looking at  on-line paintings about stalking and made some scary findings…
When describing hunting, stalking is the word used to describe how big felines ( like lions, wild cats ) hunt their prey. It was also used to describe a method that people in hunter-gathering societies  use to gather food. Somehow this got entwined with ideas about noble savages ( whether these were Highlanders in Scotland or Bushmen in the Kalahari ).
A terrible thing about colonialism is that noble savages can be both idealised and hunted ( cleared off their land ) at the same time!
This happens to women too
Researching MPSV
I would like to interview women (18+) who have experienced MPSV and the health and welfareprofessionals (such as mental health professionals, counsellors and social workers) who have had clients disclose MPSV.
The aim of the study is to identify the contexts in which MPSV takes place and to document the experience of survivors and the responses of professionals.
The interview will take between one to two hours in a place of your choosing or via Skype if youprefer.
Survivors will be asked about the circumstances that led to MPSV, their experience of MPSV,and the kinds of support and resources they feel is necessary to bring MPSV to an end.
I’ll ask health and welfare professionals about the challenges of addressing MPSV and their recommendations for ‘best practice’ responses.
The interview is designed to be safe and comfortable, and you are free to talk about what you want.
You are not required to talk about matters you don’t want to.
 Participants can withdraw from theproject at any time without consequences.
Please email me if you would like more information about the study, or if you would like to participate.
You can also pass this information along to other people who might be interested.Dr Michael Salter(michael.salter@uws.edu.au
This study has been approved by the University of Western Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee. The approval number is H11231.”