Alaska Victimization Survey: Aleutian/Pribilof Islands

Alaska Victimization Survey: Aleutian/Pribilof Islands

This article also appears in the Spring 2018 print edition.

The results of the 2014–2015 Alaska Victimization Survey for the Aleutian/Pribilof Island region were released on March 13, 2018, to the Unalaska City Council. The troubling numbers show that:

  • 45% of adult women in the Aleutian/Pribilof Island region have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence or both, in their lifetime;
  • More than two out of every five adult women in the Aleutian/Pribilof Island region have experienced intimate partner violence in their lifetime; and
  • One in four women in the Aleutian/Pribilof Island region have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime.

Due to the survey’s limitations, estimates may be conservative.

The survey was designed to measure the lifetime exposure to sexual violence and intimate partner violence. It was conducted from April to June 2014 and from May to August 2015 through a contract with the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA). Respondents were randomly selected by phone (using both land lines and cell phones).

Details of the survey and further background on the project are available at the Alaska Victimization Survey website (http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/justice/avs). For more information about CDVSA, visit http://www.dps.state.ak.us/CDVSA/.

Aleutian /Pribilof Island region lifetime estimates. Out of every 100 adult women who reside in the Aleutian/Pribilof Island region: 43 experienced intimate partner violence (IPV); 24 experienced sexual violence; 45 experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence, or both. These lifetime estimates come from a 2014–2015 survey of adult women in the Aleutian/Pribilof Island region. Source: UAA Justice Center, Alaska Victimization Survey, www.uaa.alaska.edu/justice/avs.Unalaskans Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence

Unalaskans Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence (USAFV) provides a safe haven for victims of sexual assault and family violence, and USAFV plays an active role in educating the public in how to recognize victimization and how to avoid becoming a victim. Contact USAFV for crisis intervention, referrals, immediate safety, legal advocacy and support, education and prevention programs. Their 24-hour crisis line is 907-581-1500 in Unalaska and 1-800-478-7238 throughout Alaska.

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