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Police-identified mental health and substance use history among intimate partner stalkers in the Western Australian criminal justice system


Intimate partner stalking (IPS) is a form of domestic violence that can substantially affect the mental and physical health of a victim. The majority of intimate partner stalkers are men, and emerging research suggests that they frequently experience problems with mental health and substance use. There is a paucity of knowledge regarding which stalkers are referred to mental health interventions and how effective those interventions are in their stated aims.


The aim of this research is to add to a limited body of knowledge regarding men who have been charged by police with IPS, specifically focusing on the real-world implications of police-identified mental health and substance use history, intervention and recidivism.


This study will first use de-identified archival data supplied by the Western Australia Police Force. Then, a quantitative survey will be administered to Western Australia Police Force officers, followed by interviews.


Examining police-identified mental health and substance use history, as opposed to clinical diagnoses, allows for investigation of stalkers who may not have mental disorder diagnoses or contact with the mental health system. Given their stalking behaviour has been severe enough to warrant police action, understanding any association between these police histories and IPS has implications for the justice and mental health systems. Police are in a position to both refer and arrest perpetrators, and to improve outcomes for both the victim and the perpetrator, therefore it is crucial to understand their processes when responding to reports of IPS.

Project start date

January 2020

Expected completion date

January 2023
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