A new report released by the University of Alaska Anchorage has revealed how often the rates of domestic violence and sexual assault happen in the Mat-Su Borough.
The UAA Justice Center conducted the survey of 1,190 women living in the Mat-Su Borough, and asked detailed questions about domestic and sexual violence in their lives.
Based on the survey, out of every one hundred women, 46 percent of them say have experienced intimate partner violence, 34 percent say they have experienced sexual violence and 53 percent say they have experienced at least one type of violence or both.
Alaska Family Services, which provides the only shelter for women and children in the Valley, says the high rates are not surprising.
"Many times they come into the shelter with the clothes on their back; they don't have transportation; they don't have a job; they don't have housing," said Dr. Donn Bennice, president of Alaska Family Services. "It's going to be very difficult for groups to deny that in the Valley that we have these kind of numbers, hopefully we will take that and use it to get people's attention about the services we provide."
The Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault says it will use the numbers to get more people caring to make positive changes.
"That's your mother, sister, or your aunt, or your friend, or maybe yourself, and it’s time to do something about it," said Lauree Morton, executive director of the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
The plan is to use the new data to create more avenues of help.
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