A survey about the attitudes of Vietnamese Americans toward various criminal justice approaches to intimate violence was conducted in 2000 with a sample of 440 participants randomly selected in four different locations, including Orange County (CA), Houston (TX), Boston (MA), and Lansing (MI). The survey participants were asked about their knowledge of the problem of intimate violence in their communities, their perceptions about the problem's seriousness, their awareness of domestic violence policies, and their attitudes toward criminal justice interventions.
Results of the survey indicated that although Vietnamese immigrants came from a country with different family traditions and legal norms regarding domestic violence, they recognized intimate violence as a social problem and had a positive attitudes toward government interventions in intimate violence. A majority of respondents (72%) considered intimate violence a problem in their communities, although only less than half (38%) perceived it as a serious problem. In terms of their knowledge about domestic violence laws and policies, a large majority of respondents were aware of the prohibition of intimate violence in the United States and arrest policies ((97% and 80%, respectively). However, a smaller proportion of respondents understood that those who committed domestic offenses would be prosecuted (64%) (see Table B1).
Despite differences in their perceptions of the seriousness of the problem and their knowledge of criminal justice policies dealing with domestic violence, respondents to the survey showed strong support for government interventions to stop and eliminate the problem (mean score=4.5 on a 5-point scale where 5 indicated the highest level of support) and agreed that the police should be called when domestic violence occurred (mean score=4.4). However, their support for specific criminal justice approaches varied. Court-mandated counseling received the high-