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In summary...

“Young People, Stalking Awareness and Domestic Abuse” addresses domestic abuse and stalking among young people in the UK and Ireland. It is a vital resource for undergraduate students across criminology, sociology, law, psychology, education, social justice, policing, and forensic psychology, as well as a combination of academic researchers and professionals working within stalking and domestic abuse support and prevention. It closes the gap between academics, education staff, police and professionals working in stalking and abuse services.

The book includes chapters from academics and practitioners and a preface by the co-founders of the Alice Ruggles Trust. It is edited by Maria Mellins (St Mary’s University, Twickenham), Rachael Wheatley (University of Derby) and Caroline Flowers (Nottingham Trent University).

“Young People, Stalking Awareness and Domestic Abuse” is published by Palgrave Macmillan, part of Springer Nature.


More about the book

“Young People, Stalking Awareness and Domestic Abuse” offers a nuanced and intersectional understanding of stalking, coercive control and how to safeguard young people, with a focus on intersectionality and lifestyle settings. In partnership with the Alice Ruggles Trust, this book draws on a wealth of expert contributions including those with lived experience, frontline services such as Paladin National Stalking Advocacy Service, charities EmilyTest and Hollie Gazzard Trust, researchers of so-called honour-based abuse and online harms, and forensic psychologists who work with people who stalk. It begins with an overview of ways to recognise harmful behaviours, including those carried out online. The discussion then moves on to methods and motivations of stalking and coercive control and the various lifestyle contexts including education environments, young people in the workplace, and the role of the police and frontline support services in tackling these issues.This action-orientated book also includes 'Key Points' and ‘Discussion Questions’ in each chapter to direct student learning in the classroom and to create discussion points for wider readers.



  • Foreword by Clive Ruggles and Sue Hills
  • Introduction by Caroline Flowers, Maria Mellins and Rachael Wheatley

Recognising Stalking & Relationship Abuse in Young People

  • Classifying Stalking Among Adolescents: Preliminary Considerations for Risk Management by Michael Lewis and Rachael Wheatley
  • Understanding Adolescent Stalking: Challenging Adult Bias Through a Developmental Lens by Rachel Worthington
  • Stalking in Movies: Could You Be a Victim? by Tine Munk and Rachel Austin

Methods and Behaviours of Stalking and Coercive Control

  • Stalking in Ireland by Catherine O’Sullivan and Ciara Staunton
  • The Role of Technology in Stalking and Coercive Control Among Young People by James Banks and Catrin Andersson
  • Stalking and Coercive Control: Commonly Used Strategies in Honour-Based Abuse Against Young People by Sadiq Bhanbhro
  • ‘Honour’-Based Stalking by Mohammad Mazher Idriss and Rahmanara Chowdhury

Stalking Support Services and Healthy Relationship Education

  • Paladin National Stalking Advocacy Service: Supporting and Engaging Young People by Saeeda Mayat and Louise Neville
  • ‘They Didn’t Want to Upset the Client’: Stalking in Hands-on Occupations by Laura Scarr and Morag Claire Kennedy
  • The EmilyTest: The Education Sector in Crisis by Fiona Drouet and Poppy Gerrard-Abbott
  • Exploring Perceptions of Stalking-Like Behaviour for Autistic Young People Within a Neurodivergent and Strengths-Based Framework: Critiquing Relationships, Sex and Health Education Provision by Helen Bovill, Sarah Chicken, Eloise Bovill, Julie Buckland and Kieran McCartan
  • Improving Public Awareness of Stalking and Domestic Abuse in Young People by Maria Mellins and Clive Ruggles