Alaska Victimization Survey results show that more than 1 in 9 Alaska women 60+ experienced psychological or physical abuse in past year
Elder abuse estimates from the Alaska Victimization Survey show that more than 1 in 9 Alaska women aged 60 or older experienced psychological or physical abuse in past year. The results of the survey are presented in the video below by Dr. André Rosay, Justice Center director, and L. Diane Casto, executive director of the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA), which funds the survey.
The Alaska rate for psychological or physical abuse is 1.7 times as high as the national
rate. The Alaska rate for physical abuse is 2.4 times the national rate and the Alaska
rate for psychological abuse is 1.6 times the national rate. Overall, more than 7,000
women in Alaska aged 60 or older experienced psychological or physical abuse in the
Casto calls the number of women experiencing abuse unacceptable. The CDVSA will use data from Justice Center research to inform future work on elder abuse. Women who are experiencing abuse are urged to contact CDVSA, (907) 465-4356, for resources and information.
A detailed article on Dr. Rosay’s findings will be in the summer 2017 edition of the Alaska Justice Forum.