Responses from the Field: Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Policing

54 Pages Posted: 1 Jan 2016

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Donna Coker

University of Miami School of Law

Sandra S. Park

ACLU Women's Rights Project

Julie Goldscheid

CUNY School of Law

Tara Neal

University of Miami, School of Law, Students

Valerie Halstead

University of Miami - School of Nursing

Date Written: October 1, 2015

Abstract

This report presents the findings of a national survey of service providers, advocates, and attorneys who work with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence regarding policing. More than 900 people responded to the survey. Respondents reported significant levels of police hostility to domestic violence and sexual assault victims and police bias on the basis of race, gender, class, immigration status, youth, mental health disability, drug use, sexual orientation, and sexual identity. Respondents also noted negative collateral consequences that often flow from involving law enforcement in the areas of immigration consequences, child welfare involvement, economic deprivation, and arrest or other punitive responses to the victim.

Suggested Citation

Coker, Donna K. and Park, Sandra S. and Goldscheid, Julie and Neal, Tara and Halstead, Valerie, Responses from the Field: Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Policing (October 1, 2015). University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 16-2. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2709499 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2709499

Donna K. Coker (Contact Author)

University of Miami School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 248087
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305 284 2714 (Phone)

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Sandra S. Park

ACLU Women's Rights Project ( email )

125 Broad Street
New York, NY 10004
United States

Julie Goldscheid

CUNY School of Law ( email )

2 Court Square Room 6-306
Long Island City, NY 11101
United States
718-340-4507 (Phone)
718-340-4275 (Fax)

Tara Neal

University of Miami, School of Law, Students ( email )

Miami, FL
United States

Valerie Halstead

University of Miami - School of Nursing ( email )

Coral Gables, FL 33124
United States

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