Monday, October 22, 2012

Victimization survey results show that over half of adult women in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have experienced intimate partner violence or sexual violence or both

The results of the 2012 Victimization Survey for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta were released at a press conference on October 22 in Bethel.  The troubling numbers show that:

  • Over half of adult women in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence or both, in their lifetime;
  •  Nearly 17% have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence or both, in the past year;
  • One out of every four adult women in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime; and 
  • More than four 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 March to May 2012 in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta 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 domestic 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 at the release of the Yukon-Kuskokwim results (l to r): Dr. André Rosay, UAA Justice Center;
Michelle DeWitt, Executive Director, Tundra Women's Coalition; Lauree Morton, Executive Director,
Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA); Katie TePas, Office of the Governor,
State of Alaska

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 the Tundra Women's Coalition in Bethel, visit http://tundrapeace.org/

Below are links to media coverage of this event: