Monday, October 17, 2011

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

The results of the 2011 Victimization Survey for the City and Borough of Juneau were released at a press conference on October 17 in Juneau.  The troubling numbers show:
  • Over 50% of adult women in the City and Borough of Juneau have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence or both, in their lifetime;
  •  Nearly 15% have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence or both, in the past year;
  • 4 out of every 10 adult women in the City and Borough of Juneau have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime; and 
  • 5 out of every 10 have experienced intimate partner violence in their lifetime.
The survey was designed to measure the lifetime and past year exposure to sexual violence and intimate partner violence. It was conducted from April 2011 to June 2011 in the City and Borough of Juneau through a contract with the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA), with supplemental funding from the Governor's Choose Respect initiative to end the epidemic of dometic violence and sexual assault in Alaska. Respondents were randomly selected by phone (using both land lines and cellphones).  Details of the survey are available at: http://justice.uaa.alaska.edu/avs


Pictured after the press conference (l to r): Dr. André Rosay, UAA Justice Center Director; Lauree Morton, CDVSA Executive Director; Saralyn Tabachnick,  AWARE Executive Director; and Bruce Botelho, Mayor of the City and Borough of Juneau.

The press conference was held jointly by the City and Borough of Juneau, the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies (AWARE), and the UAA Justice Center.


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 AWARE, visit http://www.awareak.org/

Below are links to media coverage of this event:

"Victimization survey finds high rates of violence against Juneau women" by Pat Forgey (Juneau Empire, October 18, 2011)

"Survey shows high rates of violence against women in Juneau" by Casey Kelley (KTOO News Public Radio Juneau, October 21, 2011)