Intimate Partner Violence Against Ahtna (Alaska Native) Women
in the Copper River Basin

Magen, Randy H.; & Wood, Darryl S. (2006). Intimate Partner Violence against Ahtna (Alaska Native) Women in the Copper River Basin. NCJ 215350. Report prepared under Grant No. 2000-WT-VX-0013 awarded by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Anchorage, AK: School of Social Work, University of Alaska Anchorage and Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage. (JC 0026.02).

 

Abstract: This study examined the frequency, severity, and consequences of intimate partner violence against an availability sample of Athabaskan women (n=91) residing in the interior of Alaska. Data about victimization experiences as well as cultural involvement, residential mobility, living arrangements, social cohesion, alcohol use, and post-traumatic stress were gathered through interviews. Slightly less than two-thirds of respondents (63.7%) reported intimate partner violence victimization at some point in their lifetime. Nearly one out of five women surveyed (17.6%) reported that they had been physically assaulted by an intimate partner in the most recent 12 months. Intimate partner victimization was more prevalant and more frequent when compared to what has been reported by the National Violence Against Women Survey.