Developing a reliable way to measure stalking victimisation and perpetration in community samples

Prof. Troy McEwan has led a team of researchers working on developing a quick but effective way of detecting stalking victimisation and perpetration anonymously in large samples. This has been a challenge for stalking researchers for many years and difficulties in ascertaining stalking in a reliable and valid way has limited the development of knew knowledge about stalking that could help us to combat it.

The Stalking Assessment Indices (SAI) are a set of two indices, one measuring stalking victimisation and the other perpetration. Each index includes 22 potential stalking behaviours and asks about the frequency of each during a period of unwanted pursuit. The SAI also gathers information about the duration of the  overall episode and uses a research-informed combination of the number of behaviours experienced, the duration of the behaviour, and the impact on the target (for the victimisation scale) to determine when stalking is likely to be present.

The SAI can be accessed for free by downloading from the link in this article:

McEwan, T., Simmons, M., Clothier, T., & Senkans, S. (2021). Measuring stalking: The development and evaluation of the Stalking Assessment Indices (SAI). Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 28(3), 435-461.

or by contacting Prof. Troy McEwan via Swinburne University of Technology.

This research was conducted with the support of the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Forensicare.