1997 Clinic Violence Survey Report
LOWER LEVELS OF VIOLENCE ASSOCIATED WITH BETTER ENFORCEMENT RESPONSE
As in prior years, levels of violence correlated with law enforcement response. Excellent law enforcement response was more likely to be associated with no violence or lower levels of violence. Poor law enforcement appeared to be related to higher levels of violence. This relationship was statistically significant for local, state, and federal law enforcement response.
Of clinics which reported that local law enforcement response to clinic violence was "excellent," only 7.5% experienced high levels of violence. Of the clinics which said local law enforcement response was "poor," 35.7% experienced high levels of violence. Clinic evaluation of state law enforcement showed the same pattern, with none of the clinics that had rated state law enforcement response as "excellent" reporting high levels of violence and 28.6% of clinics that described state law enforcement response as "poor" experiencing higher violence levels. The pattern is a little less clear for federal law enforcement response, although the relationship between levels of violence and federal law enforcement response was statistically significant.
Law enforcement response also correlated with clinic reports of some specific types of violence. This relationship was particularly clear with the local law enforcement response variable. Statistically significant relationships at the p<.05 level were found between local law enforcement response and blockades, invasions, bomb threats, vandalism, stalking, death threats, and picketing at clinics. Statistically significant relationships also were found between state law enforcement response and stalking and federal law enforcement response was associated with picketing at clinics and neighborhood distribution of leaflets targeted at specific abortion providers. Better law enforcement corresponded with fewer reports of these specific types of violence.