McLennan County is seeking to put a stop to excessive stalking.
The county’s Domestic Violence Response Team says it is important to have a safety plan and to do a risk assessment.
The team is getting the word out about the SHARP Assessment – an online tool to identify potential risks for a victim and create a personalized safety plan.
SHARP is the Stalking and Harassment Assessment and Risk Profile. It is a 43 item web-based assessment developed from the empirical research, clinical literature, stories from stalking victims, case studies, feedback from victims, advocates and other professionals in the field.
SHARP provides an assessment of the “big picture” of the stalking situation. Specific goals include:
- To assess the big picture of the stalking situation examining the course of conduct, concern for safety, and unwantedness;
- To contextualize the person’s unique stalking situation and examine a wide range of potential harms
- To educate about risks and offer safety suggestions.
Sources: McLennan County Domestic Violence Response Team, Coercive Control