Friday, October 7, 2011

Victimization survey results show over half of the women in Fairbanks have experienced intimate partner violence or sexual violence

The results of the 2011 Victimization Survey for Fairbanks and the Fairbanks North Star Borough were released at a press conference on Friday, October 7, at 12 noon at the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly Chambers.

The troubling numbers show:
  • 57% of adult women in the City of Fairbanks and 44.8% in the Fairbanks North Star Borough have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence or both, in their lifetime;
  • 11.5% of adult women in the City of Fairbanks and 5.5% in the Fairbanks North Star Borough have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence or both, in the past year;
  • 3 out of every 10 adult women in the City of Fairbanks have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime;
  • 5 out of every 10 in the City of Fairbanks have experienced intimate partner violence in their lifetime;
  • 3 out of every 10 adult women in the Fairbanks North Star Borough have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime; and
  • 3 out of every 10 in the Fairbanks North Star Borough have experienced intimate partner violence in their lifetime.

This survey was conducted in Fairbanks and the Fairbanks North Star Borough through a contract with the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA). This victimization survey was conducted in Fairbanks and the Fairbanks North Star Borough from April 2011 to June 2011.  The survey was designed to measure the lifetime and past year exposure to sexual violence and intimate partner violence. Details of the survey results are at http://justice.uaa.alaska.edu/avs/index.html.

The press conference was held jointly by the Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living (IAC), the Fairbanks Domestic Violence Task Force, the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and the UAA Justice Center.


Pictured after the press conference (l to r); Dr. André Rosay, UAA Justice Center Director; Lauree Morton, CDVSA Executive Director, Brenda Stanfill, Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living Director; and Katie TePas, Special Assistant to Governor Sean Parnell’s Choose Respect Initiative.

More Information:
For more background on this project, visit http://justice.uaa.alaska.edu/avs.
For more information about CDVSA, visit http://www.dps.state.ak.us/CDVSA/.
For more information about IAC, visit http://www.iacnvl.org/.

Below are links to media coverage of this event:

"Domestic violence numbers in Fairbanks: The Numbers Might Surprise You" by Sam Friedman (Fairbanks Daily Newsminer, October 8, 2011)


KTVF TV webcenter11.com video (1:39) (October 8, 2011)
"New study looks at women affected by domestic violence"

KTVF Channel 11 video (1:10):