Social & Economic Sciences Research Center, Washington State University
July 1, 2015
This report supplements Washington State's 2014 Civil Legal Needs Study Update, which consisted of a random probability-based survey (PS) and a targeted non-probability (N-PS) survey. While the results of the PS are presented in the main report, this supplement report summarizes responses from the N-PS, which targeted specific groups that were unlikely to be represented in the PS survey.
This report is a supplement to Washington State’s 2014 Civil Legal Needs Study Update, which consisted of a random probability-based survey (PS) and a targeted non-probability (N-PS) survey. While the results of the PS are presented in the main report, this supplement report summarizes responses from the N-PS.
The N-PS targeted specific groups that were unlikely to be represented in the PS survey. These groups include:
• Native Americans (reservation-based)
• Homeless persons
• Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault
• Youth and young adults
• Persons with disabilities
Major results of the survey include:
• N-PS respondents experienced a greater prevalence of problems across a broader range of areas than PS respondents.
• N-PS respondents who are also members of racial and ethnic minorities experienced disproportionately higher levels of problems than N-PS respondents who are white.
• N-PS respondents experienced higher rates of discrimination and unfair treatment than PS respondents.
• N-PS respondents were more likely to seek legal assistance than low-income respondents in the PS survey.
Important note: the N-PS survey was not intended to duplicate the PS survey, but serve as distinct complementary research effort to the PS survey–one that would reach and provide deeper understanding of the problems experienced by low-income members of each of the discrete target survey groups.
Keywords: civil legal aid, legal needs, probability survey
PUBLICATION DETAILSFormat: Data, Research
Publication Type: Report
Geographic coverage, US: STATES, Washington
Topics: Legal Needs | Legal Aid Movement | Social Change | Data | Cross-Cutting Issues
Practice Area: Domestic Violence, Family, Housing, Immigration, Native American
Who Served: Children & Juvenile, Disabled, Homeless, Language Minorities, Migrants, Minorities, Native Americans, Women
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