Here are a variety of websites and blogs that I have come across that can be resourceful for not only victims, but also for professionals, family members and friends – to assist in the journey towards safety, sanity, healing and recovery.
Sarah Strudwick – Sarah, based out of the UK, personally writes a number of excellent articles and provides victims and survivors with many resources, including posts on her Blog, her Dark Souls website, recovery assistance at Butterfly Effect Healing, as well as providing people with insight at No Ordinary Life.
Sarah wrote Dark Souls, which is an extremely well-researched guide on identifying stalkers, psychopaths, narcissists and sociopaths, and the many ways we can deal with them. Reading Dark Souls could ultimately change your view of stalking, as it did change mine.
Emily Spence-Diehl, an award-winning UTA assistant professor of social work, is turning revelations from previous career stops into what she hopes will be a short future for those who would attempt violence against women.
Emily formerly worked at women’s centers and rape safe houses – encountering stalking victims daily. Stories of the women there turned her into one of the nation’s up-and-coming researchers on stalking.
Donna Andersen, the author of the book Love Fraud hosts a number of articles on her website, also titled Lovefraud. Her personal expertise on sociopaths, psychopaths, frauds, con-men (and women) are shared throughout the pages of her website, including her own personal experience of dealing with a a man who she believes would be diagnosed as a sociopath.
Steve Becker MSW, LCSW is an expert on the exploitative personalities. He has a special clinical and consulting interest in the narcissistic and sociopathic (aka “psychopathic”) personality disorders. Clinically, he has written about, presented, and published work on subjects as diverse as sociopathy, narcissistic phenomena, hypnosis, and the abusive mentality. On his website, you can find his book, What’s Wrong With My Spouse? He is also a contributor on the website Lovefraud.
Rhonda Saunders at StalkingAlert.com – For over 25 years, she has been a criminal prosecutor, along with establishing S.T.A.T. (Stalking and Threat Assessment Team) for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office and the L.A. Stalking Task Force. Her stalking and threat prosecutions include convicting Robert Hoskins (of stalking and making terrorist threats against Madonna); Jonathan Norman (of stalking Producer/Director Steven Spielberg); Dante Soiu (of stalking actress Gwyneth Paltrow); and Mark Hatten (who threatened Anna Nicole Smith and assaulted her elderly neighbor when he came to her defense). Ms. Saunders is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of stalking, workplace violence and criminal threats. In 2005, she was invited by the government of Germany to lecture at that country’s first Stalking Symposium, which was held in Kassel, Germany on November 11, 2005. She has lectured to prosecutors, law enforcement, and victim advocacy groups in such places as Alaska, California, New Mexico, Louisiana, New York, Washington, D.C., Canada and Great Britain. During 1998 through 2004 she was on the faculty of the United States Secret Service Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) in their training division. In 1994, she revised California’s Stalking Law Penal Code Section 646.9, so that law enforcement and the courts can now effectively protect victims from this crime; in 1997 she wrote Penal Code Section 646.92, which allows law enforcement to issue emergency restraining orders in stalking and workplace violence cases; and in 2000 she increased the penalties for aggravated stalking. Check out Victims Page for more information.
Jessica Brandt is the author of the blog Finding Ones Way and a survivor of domestic abuse. She writes and rants about her story, the years of pain and suffering she endured, and her plight in trying to locate her daughter (who her tormentor kidnapped for over 10 years). Now she has turned a new page and is a changed woman, sharing stories of women who are overcoming stalking, harassment and abuse.
Stop My Stalker – Brian Morris started this website in the interest of helping people with one of the most prolific problems in communities all around the world. He dedicates it to the memory of Tracy Lynn Morris, his sister who was brutally murdered by her stalker. It is offered as a repository for tips, information, and help to ensure that your stalker is stopped before they turn violent or otherwise do something rash. He is in the midst of getting Tracys Law passed in the state of Alabama. Support his mission to toughen laws on stalking in Alabama here.
Waking You Up – This website was jointly created by a number of contributors and sponsors including Sarah Tate and Sarah Strudwick, in order to educate people and give them tools so that people become more aware about disordered personalities. Read articles posted by Dr. David Holmes and Dr. George Simon, as well as Thomas Sheridan. All contributors at Waking You Up have the professional or personal experience to validate their suggestions and essential tools in dealing with a disordered personality.
Dr. George Simon is the leading expert on manipulators and other disturbed characters. He knows how they push your buttons and get the better of you and why despite all the thing you’ve tried, nothing seems to work. Dr. Simon is not only an author, but a public speaker, consultant, professional trainer, and composer who has appeared on numerous national, regional and local television and radio programs. His bestselling book In Sheep’s Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People is nearing 16 years in print, has been published in several foreign languages, and consistently draws laudatory reviews from readers who want to understand the difficult people in their lives and deal with them more effectively.