Journal of Aggression Conflict and Peace Research
We commence this edition with an invited paper by David DeMatteo, Suraji Wagage, and Jaymes Fairfax-Columbo on cyberstalking. Their paper considers the role of law and public opinion in this rapidly evolving area of study. One of the most interesting findings represents the difference between public opinion and the legal concept of cyberstalking; public opinion does not support the (legal) suggestion that cyberstalking should be considered alongside more general stalking. This reflects a move in the literature more generally that considers cybercrime distinct in many ways from contact offending. Indeed, it parallels considerably with the cyberbullying literature, which some would argue is simply another term for cyberstalking. What DeMatteo and colleagues present, however, is an interesting outline of current opinion in this area of work. The term “cyber action” is also used on occasion and this appears a far less emotive term to use than stalking. The lack of alignment between legal and public opinion provides a marked indication that this is perhaps the next area to focus on.
Original Publication Citation
Ireland, J. L., & Cramer, R. J. (2017). Editorial. Journal of Aggression Conflict and Peace Research, 9(2), 81-82. doi:10.1108/jacpr-01-2017-0267
Ireland, Jane L. and Cramer, Robert J., "Editorial" (2017). Community & Environmental Health Faculty Publications. 40.