Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC)

Stalking engenders fear and emotional distress in those who are targeted. Whether perpetrated by a stranger, an acquaintance, or a current or former intimate partner, stalking all too frequently ends in tragedy. Although the individual acts of the offender are often minimized by the victim and first responders, stalking behavior is a recognized lethality factor, increasing the risk of homicide for both current and former intimate partners who are victimized.

It is estimated that 7.5 million individuals experience stalking per year. Many of these crimes go undetected, unreported, or uncharged because victims and first responders fail to recognize the conduct for what it is or because criminal justice professionals lack the specialized knowledge and tools required to secure the necessary evidence-particularly in cases where offenders use technology to stalk. Increased awareness, more effective interventions, and improved coordination between law enforcement, victim advocates, prosecutors, and other allied professionals will raise community consciousness, increase reporting, hold more offenders accountable, and keep victims and communities safe.

Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC)

In 2017, AEquitas received funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to provide comprehensive training and technical assistance to OVW grantees. The Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC), is an initiative aimed at ensuring first responders and other allied professionals have the specialized knowledge to identify and respond to the crime of stalking. SPARC is a partnership between OVW and AEquitas as well as the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, The National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project, Red Wind Consulting, Victim Rights Law Center, the Resource Sharing Project, Green Dot, and the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

By providing specialized training, technical assistance, and resources, as well as promoting awareness-raising activities, SPARC will work with allied professionals to enhance their ability to keep victims safe and hold offenders accountable.

SPARC will develop and distribute accurate, current, and practical resources on stalking, with a special focus on Stalking Awareness Month in January. Register here to be the first to know when these new resources and training opportunities become available.

To request technical assistance or training from SPARC, please contact Jennifer Landhuis, SPARC Director, jlandhuis@aequitasresource.org.


 
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