Like many child welfare attorneys in my community, I worked with hundreds of teenagers and young adults.In my case, many of the children I worked with were Native youth. Escaping a scene of violence can cost you hundreds of dollars, with nowhere to go for support. These facts make the particulars of the passage of the Violence Against Women Re-authorization Act (VAWA) even more disturbing. It's nearly impossible to get a restraining order where there isn't a judge and you have to take a long ride on a snowmachine, boat or airplane to get to court. Department of Justice, at least 86 percent of the victimizers of American Indian and Alaska Native women are non-Native men. Before I became a judge, I was a child welfare attorney for sixteen years.
And although we know there is a need for more and better data, what we do know is startling to even the most seasoned prosecutor, police officer, or advocate.
In 2011, the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center with the support of the Council on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault released Alaska Victimization surveys for individual communities in Alaska and you may read them here.
Alaska Victimization Survey: 2011 Results Juneau Alaska Victimization Survey: 2011 Results Fairbanks Alaska Victimization Survey: 2011 Results Anchorage Alaska Victimization Survey: 2011 Results Bristol Bay Alaska Victimization Survey: 2012 Results Kodiak Alaska Victimization Survey: 2012 Results Sitka Alaska Victimization Survey: 2012 Results Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta (including Bethel) Alaska Victimization Survey: 2013 Results Matanuska-Susitna Borough Alaska Victimization Survey: 2013 Kenai Peninsula Borough Alaska Victimization Survey: 2013 Ketchikan Gateway Borough The official Alaska State Summary for the 2016 NNEDV census has been released!
Native America Heritage Month gives us an opportunity to reflect on the significant contributions made by Native Americans, the unique relationship between tribal nations and the federal government, and the contemporary challenges confronting many tribal communities.
Domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking occur at crisis levels for Native women.
Online dating brings singles together who may never otherwise meet.