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Sunday, March 8 • 10:05am - 11:20am
Legislators’ Attitudes, Knowledge, and Progressive Policy Endorsement Related to Domestic and Sexual Violence: A Mixed Methodological Study

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Objective: There is a lack of research examining legislators’ attitudes towards and knowledge about domestic violence (DV) and sexual violence (SV) as well as their intended support of progressive DV and SV policies. The researchers used a mixed methodological design to examine this gap in the literature. Method: The sample included 76 legislators from New Hampshire who completed a survey with both close-ended and open-ended questions. Results: Legislators generally disagreed with DV and SV myths and expressed intended support for the majority of progressive DV and SV policies; however, the most legislators provided inaccurate local estimates of the prevalence of DV and SV. Associations among myths, knowledge, support for progressive policies, and demographic variables were mostly non-significant with the following exceptions: higher educational attainment was related to less DV myths; democrats endorsed more progressive policies and less DV myths than republicans; and accurate estimate of DV prevalence for women related to progressive policy endorsement. Content analysis of qualitative data identified the primary reasons for non-support of progressive DV and SV policies to be the belief the policies would do nothing to improve the issue and the belief that individual freedom should trump government mandates. Conclusion: Results suggest that educational and structural efforts are needed to increase local knowledge about DV and SV among legislators and address other barriers to supporting progressive DV and SV policies; research should rigorously evaluate the impact of such efforts.


Sunday March 8, 2015 10:05am - 11:20am PDT
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