The Alaska Victimization Survey (AVS), launched in 2010, is an ongoing effort to gather reliable and valid estimates of intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women in our state. The AVS began with a 2010 statewide survey, and seven regional surveys were conducted in 2011 and 2012. A random sampling of women in Alaska has been contacted by landline and cell phone during each phase of the survey. The results are troubling. Sadly, a significant number of women in Alaska have experienced intimate partner violence, or sexual violence, or both within the past year of the survey or in their lifetime.
Summaries of estimates of violence against women in Alaska are available on the AVS web page:
|Survey location||Data release date|
|City & Borough of Sitka||10/19/2012|
|Kodiak Island Borough||10/4/2012|
|Bristol Bay Region||10/12/2011|
|Fairbanks North Star Borough||10/7/2011|
|City of Fairbanks||10/7/2011|
|Municipality of Anchorage||10/3/2011|
Results from the survey are used to guide planning and policy development, to evaluate the impact of prevention and intervention services, and to provide greater empirical support for preventing and responding to violence against women. The project is conducted through a contract with the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA). The surveys have been done in cooperation with victim service providers and Alaska Native organizations. Dr. AndrÃ© Rosay of the UAA Justice Center is the principal investigator for the AVS.
Thanks are extended to every woman in Alaska who has participated in this survey. Because of their courage, we know more about the impact of violence and are better prepared to respond to and prevent it across Alaska.