The Justice Study
After accompanying the Frisco5 in a Hunger Strike protesting police killings in San Francisco, physicians and researchers of the Do No Harm Coalition were asked by community members of the Justice 4 Mario Woods Coalition to create a research project to investigate the health outcomes in communities where there is police violence and no justice.
The research team from UCSF and Santa Clara University developed The Justice Study with community direction and launched the national survey in March. The scope of the study will investigate all law enforcement violence—from police to ICE to FBI—and research tools are available in English and Spanish.
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What is this study investigating?
We seek to understand the health effects of police violence, particularly when there is no justice for that violence.
Who is doing this study?
The health researchers are from UCSF and Santa Clara University with the Do No Harm Coalition who have been directly caring for communities affected by police violence. They were requested to do this research by the Justice 4 Mario Woods Coalition and Mario Woods’ mother.
Who can participate in this study?
Anyone over the age of 18 who has been affected or knows someone who has been affected by U.S. law enforcement violence (including police, ICE, FBI, private security guards, border patrol, etc).
Are you targeting specific people?
Data shows that indigenous, Black, Latinx, disabled, mentally ill and poor people are disproportionately targeted by police violence. We hope to amplify these voices.
How do I participate?
The study is online at www.thejusticestudy.com and takes 20-40 minutes to complete.
Will I be identified if I take it? Am I safe if I take it?
The survey is confidential and anonymous—you cannot be identified. We cannot know who you are or where you are. The data is stored behind the university’s firewall.
Is anyone making money off of this study?
This study is entirely unfunded.
What will you do with the findings?
We will publish the findings in the medical literature and in the media. Our aim is to shape policy and public understanding of police violence in order to ensure greater safety and health for all communities.