Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Alaska Victimization Survey results show that 1 in 3 women in Alaska have experienced stalking

Alaska Victimization Survey: Research on Violence Against Women
New results from the 2015 Alaska Victimization Survey for Alaska statewide were released on January 17, 2017. The 2015 survey was conducted by the University of Alaska Anchorage for the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA). These new results describe the number of women in Alaska that have experienced stalking in their lifetimes and in the past year.

In defining stalking, the Alaska Victimization Survey includes eight of the common forms of nonconsensual contacts (being watched or followed; being approached at home, work, or school; finding strange or threatening items; having your home or car intruded; receiving unwanted voice or text messages; receiving unwanted phone calls; receiving unwanted emails or messages; receiving unwanted cards, flowers, or gifts). Respondents were instructed not to include bill collectors, telephone solicitors, or other sales people. Respondents experienced stalking if they experienced these nonconsensual contacts multiple times and expressed fear.

Results

The 2015 Alaska Victimization Survey for Alaska statewide was conducted from May to August 2015. Findings include:
  • 1 in 3 women in Alaska have experienced stalking in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 17 have experienced stalking in the past year.
  • More than 80,800 women in Alaska have experienced stalking in their lifetime.
  • More than 15,300 have experienced stalking in the past year.
The 2015 survey also showed that stalking was particularly common among women who experienced intimate partner violence or sexual violence.
  • Among women who experienced intimate partner violence or sexual violence in their lifetime, 50% (more than 66,800) were also stalked in their lifetime.
  • Among women who experienced intimate partner violence or sexual violence in the past year, 27% (more than 5,800) were also stalked in the past year.
Details of the 2015 Alaska Victimization Survey are available at the Alaska Victimization Survey website:

More Information

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