Most stalking victims are former lovers, former spouses, and spouses; however, some stalking victims are co-workers, neighbors, celebrities, political figures, or even strangers. (NIJ, 1993)
Many women who leave their abusive husbands or partners are ultimately stalked by these men.
Rapists, pedophiles, and voyeurs also engage in various forms of stalking. Prior to physically stalking a victim, these types of offenders often participate in psychological foreplay or sexual fantasies. In preparation for physically acting out, these offenders "psychologically stalk" their victims before they physically make contact.