Stalking Assessment Screen

The Stalking Assessment Screen (SAS) was originally developed in 2010 by Dr Troy McEwan, Dr Susanne Strand, Dr Rachel MacKenzie and Dr David James. On the basis of research with the SAS and findings of our other research, we revised the SAS in 2015 to create the SAS-R.

It is intended as a decision making aid for police, health professionals, security organizations and other professionals who are dealing with stalking situations but don’t have access to specialised risk assessments. The SAS-R asks the user to answer a number of questions about the stalking situation and characteristics of the stalker and victim. The answers are used to identify how concerned they should be about the stalking case, allowing them to prioritise resources towards cases that should cause the greatest concern. The SAS-R incorporates 14 questions relevant to all stalking situations, and an additional 3 questions that are specific to situations in which the stalker is a former sexual partner.

The SAS and SAS-R are not comprehensive risk assessment tools. For individuals who are identified as presenting a high concern, more comprehensive assessment by a specialist professional is strongly recommended as part of any risk management plan. We have undertaken reliability research with the SAS that will be submitted for peer-reviewed publication in 2015.

The SAS-R is available free on request and a brief user’s guide is currently being written that will be available later in 2015. If you are interested in using the SAS-R, we would be very interested in discussing it with you further. Please feel free to contact us if you would like a copy.