The stalking: a relational phenomenon - Harassing behaviours, intrusive and repeated, against someone are known for a long time. Despite this, we have few research or systematic studies on this issue; the Italian law has recently introduced the voice "crime of persecution", that provides the legitimacy to start a legal action when the harassment represents a distress that could change the lifestyle of the offended person in a negative way. The word "stalking" means "hunt, shadow", and it has been applied to the obsessive following, observing or contacting of another person, or the obsessive attempt to engage in any of these activities. In Italian we have not a way to indicate this kind of behaviour; for this reason Curci et al. (2001) introduced the definition of "Tormenting Harassment Syndrome", which highlights the relational and communicative meaning of a phenomenon that involves two actors at least: the stalker and the victim.
Key words: stalking, tormenting harassment, sexuality, surveillance, control, psychological counselling.
Parole chiave: stalking, molestie assillanti, sorveglianza, controllo, counselling psicologico.