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How do you feel the system is failing DV survivors? (Please select all that apply)

  • Not enough DV-trained judges and attorneys.
  • Law enforcement needs to be better educated about recognizing DV.
  • More help for survivors to get orders of protection.
  • More free legal assistance from DV-trained attorneys.
  • Courts need to stop giving abusers custody of their children.
  • Mandatory arrest laws need to be abolished.
  • The problem is with the way our culture views women.
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At what age did you or do you plan to talk to your kids about boundaries and consent? (Please select all that apply)

  • Before 3
  • Between 3-4
  • Between 5-6
  • Between 7-8
  • Between 9-12
  • I never talked about boundaries and consent with my kids, or don't plan to
  • Not until they are/were teenagers
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As a Black survivor of DV, did you or have you felt reluctant to disclose abuse? (Please select all that apply)

  • Yes, because I’m afraid of being harassed or harmed by the police.
  • Yes, because I’m afraid of turning my partner over to the police, or I believe I should stand by him no matter what.
  • Yes, because of judgment from my own community.
  • Yes, because I’m afraid of raising my children alone or separating them from their father.
  • Yes, because of financial insecurity.
  • Yes, but for another reason not listed.
  • No, I have or will disclose abuse to someone.
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Have you ever intervened when you’ve witnessed domestic violence? (Please select all that apply)

  • Yes, I’ve tried one of the methods above, or something similar.
  • No, but I would.
  • No, and I regret not doing so.
  • No, I don’t think it’s my place to get involved.
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How many people did you tell when you were ready to leave your abuser? (Please select all that apply)

  • No one.
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5 or more
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When you left your abuser, did you contemplate the decision for a while? (Please select all that apply)

  • I decided in a split second to leave.
  • I struggled for several days/weeks deciding if I should go.
  • It took me years to overcome the barriers in order to escape.
  • I’m still struggling with figuring out how and when to leave.
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Did you have time to do any of the following before leaving your abuser? (Please select all that apply)

  • I was able to gather up our financial documents.
  • I opened up a new account or credit card in my name only.
  • I was able to accumulate and safely hide away some cash.
  • I was able to change beneficiaries on my accounts to someone other than my abuser.
  • I wasn’t able to do any of these things before leaving my abuser.
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Has someone used a LifeLock account opened fraudulently in your name to stalk you? (Please select all that apply)

  • Yes
  • No
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Survivors: What types of empathy made a difference in your life? (Select all that apply.) (Please select all that apply)

  • Listening without judgment
  • Always being open and available to talk
  • Someone educating themselves about domestic violence to understand what you went through
  • Unexpected gestures of kindness (such as providing food, shelter, or a monetary gift)
  • Someone opening up to you about similar experiences
  • Physical affection, like a hug
  • Withholding judgement
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If your abuser was sentenced to probation, did he ever violate the terms of his probation? (Please select all that apply)

  • Only once.
  • Yes, more than once.
  • No, my abuser obeyed the conditions of probation.
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Which of these at-home methods helped relieve your symptoms of trauma? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Meditation
  • Exercise
  • Massage
  • Binge-watching my favorite movies or TV show
  • Volunteering
  • Talking to a therapist
  • I haven't tried any of these

Parents: Do you ask about guns in the home before letting your child play somewhere new? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Yes, always.
  • Occasionally.
  • No, and I wouldn't ask.
  • I haven't before, but now I plan to ask.

How long did it take after abuse ended to feel like a strong, empowered survivor? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Immediately after I separated from my abuser.
  • Less than a year.
  • One to three years.
  • Three to five years.
  • Five to 10 years.
  • More than 10 years.

Do you believe spanking a child is an OK form of discipline? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Yes
  • No
  • It's up to the parents.
  • I'm not sure.

Does the entertainment industry influence society’s ideas on abuse, rape and consent? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Yes, definitely. People are a product of what they see, hear and read.
  • Somewhat. But most people are probably smart enough to separate entertainment from from reality.
  • No, not at all.

If you have experienced domestic violence, how was it impacted by the summer season? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • The violence tended to escalate during the summer.
  • The violence stayed consistent from season to season.
  • The violence was less during the summer.

If you’re a survivor, how many times have you reached out to a hotline? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • I’ve never called a hotline before.
  • Once or twice.
  • 3-5 times.
  • 6-10 times.
  • I’ve lost track, I’ve called them so often for help.

Do you ask for consent before kissing your partner? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Only if it's the first kiss!
  • No, never.
  • Yes, always.
  • Sometimes.

What did your instincts tell you when you met your abuser the first time? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • I don’t remember feeling anything off-putting.
  • I remember some feelings of unease or uncertainty, but I looked past them.

Did you delay/are you delaying leaving your abuser due to concerns of escalated violence? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Yes
  • No

Did news, politics or current events impact the frequency of the abuse you experienced? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Yes, the frequency of the abuse I experienced increased.
  • No, the frequency of the abuse I experienced did not increase.

As a survivor, what sort of legal representation did you get pertaining to your DV case? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • I hired an attorney(s) at regular rates and paid for it.
  • I hired an attorney(s) who took my case at reduced rates.
  • I found and used free legal help or representation.
  • I represented myself or wasn’t able to find free or low-cost legal help.

Have you felt like your abuser has kept or tried to keep your children from you? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Yes, I’m a mom and my abuser has tried to do this.
  • Yes, I’m a father and my abuser has tried to do this.
  • No, my abuser has not tried to keep me from seeing my children.

Have you ever used VINE to notify you of an offender’s release? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Yes, and it worked great.
  • Yes, but I wasn’t alerted when an offender was released.
  • No, I didn’t know about it. But I might sign up for notifications.
  • No, I’m in one of the two states it’s not offered in.

Have you or would you involve your children in safety planning? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Yes, I have or would.
  • No, I haven’t or wouldn’t.

If you’ve experienced DV at the hands of a serviceman or woman, have you reported it? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Yes, and the military took appropriate actions to help keep myself and my family safe.
  • Yes, but the military did not seem to support any repercussions for my abuser.
  • No, I was too afraid of what might happen to myself or my spouse as a result.
  • No, I didn’t report it for another reason.

What’s the biggest financial hurdle you’ve had to overcome after abuse? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Trying to find or access joint finances.
  • Opening my own bank account or credit card.
  • Repairing credit history ruined by abuser.
  • Creating a workable budget.
  • Saving for the future.

If you’ve been turned away from a DV shelter because of lack of space, what did you do? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Returned to my abuser.
  • Went to a homeless shelter, stayed in my car overnight or lived on the streets.
  • Found a DV shelter with availability in another city.
  • Stayed at a hotel.
  • Stayed with family or friends.
  • Found refuge with my place of worship.
  • Other.

Did you find verbal abuse more or less damaging, long-term, than physical abuse? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Verbal abuse felt more damaging than physical abuse.
  • The physical abuse was more damaging to me than verbal abuse.
  • All types of abuse I endured were equally as damaging long-term.

How did you document the abuse you experienced? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Friends willing to testify on abuse they witnessed
  • Medical reports of injuries
  • Police reports
  • Pictures of injuries, destruction or other visual evidence
  • Personal diary
  • Digital evidence, emails, texts, screenshots, voice mail
  • None of the above, I didn't document the abuse

How has domestic violence most impacted you at work? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • I’ve been late or missed more days than I’d like.
  • My abuser has stalked me at my place of employment.
  • I’m distracted at work by my abuser’s harassment.
  • I’ve been unable to find work because of the abuse I’m enduring.
  • I’ve been fired because of domestic violence affecting my ability to work.

Where did you find the most support while going through domestic abuse? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • My family or close friends
  • A DV advocate
  • A DV support group
  • My workplace/coworkers
  • Religious or spiritual leaders
  • My doctor
  • I relied on myself for strength

If your abuser was or is in law enforcement, did that give you pause about speaking out? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Yes, I was afraid I wouldn’t be believed.
  • Yes, I thought my abuser would be able to work the system.
  • Yes, I was worried he or she would lose their job.
  • No, I spoke up and got help, or am planning to get help soon.

As a teen, did you feel like you had someone you could talk to about dating violence? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • I knew I could talk to my parents about this.
  • I would have rather gone to my friends to talk about dating violence.
  • I trusted our school counselor on matters like this.
  • I did call, or would have felt comfortable calling, a help line to talk about my concerns.
  • No, I don’t feel like I had someone I could trust to talk to about this.

As an immigrant survivor of domestic abuse, what challenge did you face in getting help? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • I don’t speak a common language.
  • I’m not sure where to turn for help.
  • Even if I left my abuser, I have nowhere else to live or no job to support myself with.
  • I can’t reveal the abuse for fear of shaming or disappointing my family.
  • I’m afraid I’ll be deported, or my abuser will be deported, if the abuse is revealed.
  • Other

What barrier did you come up against when you thought about leaving your abuser? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • It was safer to stay
  • Shame or embarrassment
  • Drugs or alcohol abuse were present
  • Stockholm syndrome
  • Living in a rural place or having no transportation
  • Being undocumented
  • Other

As a parent & survivor, what's been the biggest challenge when it comes to custody issues? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • My abuser claiming I’m trying to turn our children against him or her.
  • My abuser turning my children against me.
  • My abuser trying to get custody when I know my children are scared to go to him or her.
  • My children being required to spend time with my abuser or being in a risk environment.
  • Having to communicate and deal with my abuser on a regular basis.
  • Finding knowledgeable people or resources to help me with child custody issues.
  • Being able to afford quality legal representation.

Which of these barriers did you face when you thought about leaving your abusive partner? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Mental disability
  • Being in the military
  • Having no place to go
  • Your religious beliefs
  • Your own past criminal record
  • A prior negative experience with the court system
  • Other

Have you ever come up against housing discrimination as a survivor of domestic violence? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Yes, a landlord tried to evict me on grounds related to abuse my partner inflicted on me.
  • Yes, I was unable to break a lease without penalty when I needed to move for my safety.
  • Both of the above.
  • No, I’ve always been lucky to have a landlord that was not discriminatory in any way.

Did your batterer ever use strangulation as an abuse tactic? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • No, never.
  • Yes, but I luckily didn’t suffer long-term health effects.
  • Yes, and it still impacts my health.

If you’ve experienced cyberstalking, what tactic did your abuser use? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • An app was installed allowing my abuser to read my emails and texts.
  • My abuser used a GPS app to track my location.
  • My abuser stalked and monitored my activity on social media sites.
  • My abuser coerced me to share my passwords to my online accounts.
  • My abuser shared or threatened to share online my private or intimate photos.
  • More than one of the above.
  • All of the above.

How supportive was your religion when you contemplated leaving an abusive partner? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • My religion, and the people in it, were supportive and understanding.
  • I found my place of worship somewhat judgmental and not overly helpful.
  • My religion didn’t help or support leaving my partner.

How many times did you attempt to leave your abuser before you were able to escape? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • 1 time
  • 2-3 times
  • 4-6 times
  • 7-10 times
  • 11-15 times
  • 16 or more times
  • I'm still with an abuser

What barrier did you come up against when you thought about leaving your abusive partner? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Wanting to keep the family together
  • Illiteracy
  • You are or were incarcerated
  • Your abuser is in law enforcement
  • Your sexual orientation
  • Still being in love with your abuser
  • Mental illness or other health issues

Did you use drugs or alcohol while experiencing abuse? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • No, I didn't use substances (or only did in moderation and unrelated to the abuse).
  • Yes, but only occassionally and in order to cope.
  • Yes, because my abuser forced it upon me.
  • Yes, for coping or because it was forced upon me, and I became addicted as a result.
  • I had a substance abuse problem before the violence started.

Do you think an abusive partner could change after attending batterer counseling? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Yes, I think certain abusive behaviors can be unlearned.
  • It depends on the severity and type of abuse, but possibly.
  • No, once an abuser, always an abuser.

Have you experienced discrimination from law enforcement when calling to report abuse? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • No, I’ve generally experienced a good response and police have been helpful.
  • On occasion, I’ve felt my call wasn’t given the priority it should have been from police.
  • Yes, I have felt repeatedly that police have not believed me when I say I’m in immediate danger.

What barrier did you come up against when you thought about leaving your abuser? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Pressure from family
  • Fear, either of retaliation from abuser or of losing custody of children
  • Isolation
  • Gratitude
  • Guilt
  • Financial abuse or despair, or possibility of homelessness
  • Hope that the violence will end

If you left an abusive partner with your teen, were you able to find shelter? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Yes, a shelter in my area was able to help myself and my teenage children.
  • Sort of. I found help from a local organization, but we were given alternate housing outside of a shelter.
  • No, I couldn’t find a shelter that would take in me and my teenage children.

When you were experiencing abuse, what did someone do that you found most helpful? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • They helped me find or call a local DV advocate or shelter.
  • They helped me financially.
  • They accompanied me to court.
  • They helped me come up with a safety plan for escape.
  • They watched my pets for me when I left my abuser.
  • They listened and supported me unconditionally.
  • Unfortunately, none of my friends or family offered help.

What barrier did you come up against when you thought about leaving your abusive partner? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Lack of an advocate to help you
  • Threats or excuses from or influence of abuser
  • Best interest of or pressure from children
  • Cultural or racial defenses
  • Denial
  • Being elderly or disabled
  • Other

If you’ve experienced domestic violence, how was it impacted by holidays? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • The violence tended to escalate during holidays
  • The violence stayed consistent regardless of the day
  • The violence was less during holidays

Have you shared your story of domestic abuse publically before? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Yes, I do speak often because it is healing and helps others.
  • Once or twice. I mostly keep it to myself and press on.
  • No, I haven’t spoken about it publically yet, but I want to.
  • No, I don’t plan on speaking out about it.

At what age did you first experience abuse by an intimate partner? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • 0-16 years old
  • 17-24 years old
  • 25-34 years old
  • 35-45 years old
  • 46+ years old

Which type of abuse did you experience first? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional/verbal abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Mental abuse

How long after you left your abusive partner did you start dating again? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • 0-6 months
  • 6-12 months
  • 1-2 years
  • 2-5 years
  • I haven't dated since

How many hours of sleep do you get per night? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Less than five
  • Six or seven
  • A solid eight
  • More than eight—I love sleep!

Should all states have anti-SLAPP laws so abusers can't sue survivors for reporting abuse? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Yes, all states should have anti-SLAPP laws.
  • No, if you want to sue, you should be able to sue.

What happened when you obtained a protection order? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Protection order reduced or stopped unwanted contact.
  • Protection order was violated and I never reported it.
  • Protection order was violated, I reported it and nothing happened to abuser.
  • Protection order was violated and abuser received legal consequences.

Improved legislation is most important in which area? closed (Please select all that apply)

  • Increased funding for victim services
  • Expand gun prohibition to stalkers/dating partners
  • Make it illegal to fire employee based on being abuse victim
  • Prevent victim's credit score from being ruined by abuser