Justice Center Develops Data Tool Tracking Intimate Partner Violence

The UAA Justice Center has partnered with the State of Alaska's Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA) to develop a new interactive tool providing easier access to data related to intimate partner and domestic violence—the Intimate Partner Violence Interactive Data Dashboard (IPV-IDD). The dashboard provides users with customizable, compelling and dynamic visualizations of Alaska’s intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization patterns. You can explore the new data dashboard here.

The data highlighted in the dashboard is related to three primary aspects of domestic violence experienced by women in Alaska—physical violence, coercive control and entrapment, and psychological aggression. It combines data from the Alaska Victimization Survey (AVS), conducted statewide in 2010 and 2015, with regional surveys in the intervening years. The AVS gathers first-person responses related to experienced domestic and sexual violence, and is designed to provide estimates of intimate partner violence victimization for adult women residing in Alaska.

“While findings from the AVS have been used by CDVSA and others within Alaska, this is the first time many of these data points have been available to the general public,” said Troy Payne, director of the Alaska Justice Information Center and associate professor at the Justice Center.

The AVS data has enabled CDVSA and its partner agencies to refine victim service delivery models, enhance prevention and intervention programming, and strengthen their advocacy efforts with state, local and tribal providers and policymakers. The IPV-IDD also enables CDVSA to enhance the utility of AVS data to grantees and other state and community partners. “Quality data that can tell the story of domestic violence in Alaska is key to better understanding needs, gaps and critical issues that contribute to violence including ways to reduce and end domestic violence across the state” said L. Diane Casto, executive director of CDVSA. “We are excited to share this new tool and encourage everyone to visit the IPV-IDD and explore the data.”

The Alaska Victimization Survey, modeled after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, is conducted in Alaska every five years. The UAA Justice Center and CDVSA are currently conducting the 2020 survey. After data from the 2020 AVS is collected and analyzed it will be added to the IPV-IDD.

The IPV-IDD project was funded with a mini-grant from the Center for Victim Research, which is funded by the Office for Victims of Crime, within the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice.