- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A new survey has found that at least 51 percent of women in Alaska’s Nome region have experienced physical abuse or sexual violence, or both, at the hands of an intimate partner.

The survey was authored by the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center and the state Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. The results were released last week.

Researchers have spent more than five years surveying women in various regions around Alaska about their experiences of abuse and sexual violence. The survey for the Nome Census area was conducted last year, when adult women selected at random were surveyed by phone.

Besides the Bering Sea coastal town of Nome, the area includes the communities of Shishmaref, Unalakleet, White Mountain, Gambell and Shaktoolik.

The study mirrors a pattern of high rates of violence against women statewide, the Alaska Dispatch News reported (https://is.gd/LOBhpK).

Out of every 100 adult women in Alaska, 59 have experienced sexual violence, intimate partner violence, or both, according to a statewide survey released in 2010.

In the Nome study, respondents were asked specific questions about violent actions by romantic or sexual partners.

Of those taking part in the survey, slightly more than 40 percent said they were victims of violence by an intimate partner sometime in their lives. Of respondents, nearly 9 percent said it occurred in the past year.

Among the respondents, 31 percent said they were sexually assaulted sometime in their lives. More than 5 percent said they were sexually assaulted in the past year.

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Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, https://www.adn.com


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