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Social Work Today
E-Newsletter    October 2022
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Editor's E-Note

Findings of the National Domestic Violence Hotline survey of survivors about their experience with law enforcement indicates that the criminal legal system needs to reassess its role in responding to people who’ve experienced intimate partner violence. Respondents indicate a reluctance to contact law enforcement because they’re afraid of reprisals from their partners, believe they will not be helped, or anticipate that they’ll be arrested, among other fears.

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— Kate Jackson, editor
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Survivors of Domestic Violence Report Feeling Less Safe After Contacting Law Enforcement

The National Domestic Violence Hotline recently released the results of a survey of survivors’ experiences with law enforcement. In 2015, the hotline first conducted a survey on the experiences of survivors with law enforcement. The survey results were leveraged widely to highlight the experiences of survivors and their evolving needs.

In 2021, the hotline conducted a follow-up survey to gain additional data and insights. As with the 2015 survey, the results underscore the need to reexamine the criminal legal system’s role in intimate partner violence and reimagine survivor-centered responses to domestic violence. The hotline surveyed survivors who reached out to its chat line and website between March and May of 2021, with more than 1,500 survivors responding.

Of those 1,500, approximately 82% of survivors had contacted police about intimate partner violence or sexual assault and 12% did not. Both groups shared concerns about turning to the police for assistance and were also concerned about contacting them in the future.

“What this survey lays out with painful clarity is that the main reason domestic abuse victims reach out to law enforcement is because there is no other alternative,” says Katie Ray-Jones, CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. “It is a powerful reminder that we need to look beyond the criminal legal system for responses to violence that actually meet survivors’ needs for justice and safety, including social services, mental health supports, community interventions, housing resources, financial assistance, and more.”


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