Ever wonder where those statistics come from that you see on TV? Where someone is talking about domestic violence (or any other topic) and says something like this (in reference to Rhianna’s attack by her now ex-boyfriend):
Oprah Winfrey discussed the situation in the context of domestic violence on her talk show. Far more women (40%) than men (26%) say they have heard a lot about the reports of Brown abusing Rihanna. This story also registered much more with African Americans (63% heard a lot) than whites (28%). Four-in-ten of those younger than age 40 heard a lot about the Brown-Rihanna story, compared with just 21% of those age 65 and older. http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1157/americans-hearing-more-mixed-economic-news
How do they know that 40% more women heard a lot more? Companies like Princeton Data Source (the people who call you over the phone to ask your opinion) are one way (as in the case mentioned above) and surveys are another.
While sometimes irritating to participate in or time-consuming, surveys are VERY VALUABLE tools, especially for “DV world”. Surveys take a snapshot of what’s going on, what people are thinking and what their attitudes/opinions are and that information gets used for determining things like “What part of DV response needs more funding? The shelters, the hotline or counseling services?”
The thing with surveys is if you don’t take the time to complete them, then your opinion doesn’t count and isn’t included in developing the result. Have you ever been in a situation where the majority vote is against what you wanted? If you were a part of that voting process, you can better accept why things didn’t go your way but if you weren’t there to be counted you’re stuck with the result, right? Well, here’s a chance to be counted!
The Hawaii State Judiciary wants to hear from YOU about what you think of them as they are currently operating. The goal of this survey is to assist the Judiciary Strategic Planning Committee in determining the Judiciary’s role for the remainder of this decade and to develop proposals that’ll be presented in a document to the Chief Justice at the end of the year to be entitled “Hawaii Judiciary 20/20: Our Vision“. The contents of the document MUST be:
- consistent with the current mission of the Judiciary (i.e., “…to administer justice in an impartial, efficient, and accessible manner in accordance with law”)
- consistent with the Judiciary’s current organizational structure and management culture; and
- responsive to quantifiable social, demographic, economic, legal, and technological changes in the State.
The survey is open to anyone whose had any form of contact with the Judiciary represented on all islands or its officers, so even if you’re on the mainland with a case in Hawaii, your opinion counts too! This survey is the PERFECT chance for domestic violence victims, survivors and advocates to tell the planning committee EXACTLY what’s going on in their cases so don’t let this opportunity pass you by!
Although the survey is anonymous, it asks for your role in relation to the Judiciary so you can take the survey as: a juror, as someone who received a notice for jury duty, a witness, a Plaintiff, a Defendant, a family member or friend, an attorney, as an other affiliated professional, as someone whose had to access a court document, as someone whose had to pay a fine or a ticket or there’s an “other” box to write in the nature of your relationship to the Judiciary.
Even better, there’s a section at the end that asks if you have any comments you’d like to share with the Hawaii State Judiciary. Click here to take the survey: http://statejudiciaryplan2012.org/ It takes about 15 minutes to complete, so make the time and the effort to have your opinion count!