Alaska Victimization Survey (AVS)

Alaska Victimization Survey (AVS)

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Comprehensive Data on Violence Against Alaskan Women

Every human being has the right to be safe and free from violence in their own homes, in their relationships, and in their community. Intimate partner violence and sexual violence are endemic problems. Since 2010, the Alaska Victimization Survey (AVS) has provided comprehensive statewide and regional data to guide planning and policy development and to evaluate the impact of prevention and intervention services. Learn more about how and why we do the AVS.

The AVS is conducted by the UAA Justice Center for the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA). We thank each of the approximately 13,000 women in Alaska who have participated in these surveys. Because of your courage, we know more about the impact of violence and are better prepared to respond to and prevent it across our state.
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Statewide lifetime & past year violence: 2010, 2015, & 2020

Statewide surveys were conducted in 2010, 2015, and 2020. Estimates of violence from these statewide surveys are presented below. These estimates are separated into sub-components. Intimate partner violence (composite) is separated into two types: threats of physical violence and experienced physical violence. Sexual violence (composite) is also separated into two types: alcohol- or drug-involved sexual assault, and forcible sexual assault. Finally, if any of these types of violence were reported, they were classified as experiencing intimate partner violence, sexual violence, or both (composite). Click on the buttons below to see lifetime reported violence and past year reported violence.

Lifetime estimates of women's experiences with violence.

Measures
2010
(%)
2015
(%)
2020
(%)
Intimate partner violence (composite) 47.6 40.4 48.0
    Threats of physical violence 31.0 25.6 28.5
    Physical violence 44.8 39.6 46.8
Sexual violence (composite) 37.1 33.1 40.5
    Alcohol- or drug-involved sexual assault 26.8 22.6 27.5
    Forcible sexual assault 25.6 23.5 27.7
Intimate partner violence, sexual violence, or both (composite) 58.6 50.3 57.7

Past year estimates of women's experiences with violence.

Measures
2010
(%)
2015
(%)
2020
(%)
Intimate partner violence (composite) 9.4 6.4 6.9
    Threats of physical violence 5.8 3.0 2.6
    Physical violence 8.6 5.9 6.5
Sexual violence (composite) 4.3 2.9 3.4
    Alcohol- or drug-involved sexual assault 3.6 2.0 2.1
    Forcible sexual assault 2.5 1.6 2.2
Intimate partner violence, sexual violence, or both (composite) 11.8 8.1 8.1