Among stalkers in Japan who were advised by prefectural police departments in April-December last year to consult doctors and counselors, offenders in 25 percent of all cases followed the recommendations, data from the National Police Agency show.
Police departments aim to use medical care to treat the urges of stalkers and their wish to control victims. Among offenders who completed their treatments, none resumed stalking.
But stalkers in 60 percent of all cases rejected therapy.
An NPA study suggests that 10 percent of stalkers restart their unlawful practices even after police intervention. From April 2016, cooperating with psychiatrists in each region, police forces across Japan started advising stalkers to consult medical experts.
On Monday, the NPA held a meeting of related officials from prefectural police and medical specialists for the first time, bringing together about 80 involved from the two sides.
By sharing know-how, the agency aims to accelerate its efforts to offer medical treatment to stalkers, officials said.
According to the NPA data, in the nine-month period last year, stalkers in 293 cases handled by 33 prefectural police departments were advised to be treated by medical institutions at their own expense, and such treatment was received by those involved in 73 cases in 28 prefectures.
Among the 73, offenders in 14 cases completed their medical care, 48 continue it and 11 have halted treatment. In cases where treatment has not been finished, police warned five people for resuming stalking.
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