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1995 Clinic Violence Survey Report

Table of Contents | Methodology | Key Findings | Violence Declines | Levels of Violence | Death Threats, Home Picketing, and Stalking | Decreases in Violence | One in Ten Clinics Lose Staff | One in Five Clinics Reported FACE Violations | Law Enforcement Response Improved | Levels of Violence Correlate with Law Enforcement Response | Legal Protectioins | Conclusions | Appendix A | Appendix B

Death Threats, Home Picketing, and Stalking Still Terrorize Many Physicians and Clinic Workers

While overall clinic violence decreased in 1995, the types of violence that target physicians at their homes and offices remained at high levels. Almost one in five clinics (17.1%) reported death threats in 1995; one in five (20.3%) reported home picketing; and one in ten (10.6%) said clinic staff had been stalked. While these reports of death threats, stalking, and home picketing also represented declines since 1994, this violence still posed a significant threat to abortion providers. (See Chart 3)

Chart 3. Violence Reported By Type During First Seven Months of 1995

Chart 3

 

Relatively few clinics in 1995 reported blockades (6.5%), invasions (5.8%), or chemical attacks (1%). Bomb threats were reported by 14.5% of clinics. Vandalism was the most highly reported type of violence, with almost one-fourth (24.8%) of clinics reporting that their facilities had been vandalized. Acts of vandalism included glue in door locks (5.2%), nails in clinic driveways or parking lots (2.9%), motor oil in parking lot (1.9%), paint on building (8.1%), and broken windows (9.4%). Other forms of vandalism included destruction of property and landscaping, disposal of trash on clinic property, placement of locks on clinic doors and gates, and tampering with clinic utilities such as electricity and water.