Alaska

By the Numbers

Summary

  • In 2018, there were 12 reported intimate partner / family member homicides in Alaska.1
  • In 2015, there were 1,278 active protection orders in the National Crime Information Center for Alaska, 398 of which had a disqualifying Brady Indicator.2

Fatalities

There were 120 intimate partner / family member homicides* from 2009 to 2018.3

Number of Intimate Partner / Family Member Homicides
Intimate Partner / Family Member Homicides in Alaska, 2009-2018

Notes:

  1. Intimate partner / family member homicides are defined as: homicides (willful nonnegligent killings) known to law enforcement that occurred in Alaska where the homicide was committed by either a family member or intimate partner. Family member and intimate partner are defined in the Uniform Crime Report as “any family relationship excluding spouse” and “spouse or girlfriend/boyfriend of the victim.” While these cases could be considered domestic violence related homicides, the data collected is not specific enough to classify as domestic violence.
  2. The Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault releases an annual report entitled “Alaska Dashboard” that compiles reported domestic violence and sexual assault incidents, service utilization, protective factors, offender accountability and survey results. The most recent report is from 2019.

Intimate Partner Violence* Victimization and Related Impacts*

The lifetime prevalence* of any contact sexual violence*, physical violence,* and/or stalking victimization* by an intimate partner*in Alaska is:

Females

43.3% Experienced IPV
56.7% No IPV

Among female victims in Alaska who experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, 53.9% were concerned for safety, 35.6% were injured, 13.9% needed medical care, and 21.3% needed legal services.4

Males

30.2% Experienced IPV
69.8% No IPV

Statistically reliable estimates of the percentage of male victims in Alaska who experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime who were concerned for safety, injured, needed medical care, or needed legal services are not available.5

Domestic Violence Protection Orders

Protection Orders Active in the National Crime Information Center for Alaska, 2006-2015

There were 1,278 active protection orders in the National Crime Information Center for Alaska in 2015, 398 of which had a disqualifying Brady Indicator.6

Protection Orders in the National Crime Information Center
Protection Orders with Disqualifying Brady Indicator

Note: State participation in the National Crime Information Center protection order file is voluntary, thus the extent to which states enter the orders into the system varies. Regardless of how each state refers to such orders, these records are uniformly referred to as “protection orders” in the National Crime Information Center database.

Definitions

  • Contact sexual violence: Combined measure that includes rape, being made to penetrate someone else, sexual coercion, and/or unwanted sexual contact.
  • Domestic Violence Related Homicides: Homicides (willful nonnegligent killings) known to law enforcement that occurred in Alaska where the homicide was committed by a household member against another household member. Household members include adults or minors who are current or former spouses, who live together or who have lived together, who are dating or who have dated, who are engaged in or who have engaged in a sexual relationship, who are related to each other up to the fourth degree of consanguinity, who are related or formerly related by marriage, or who have a child of the relationship. Household members also include children of a person in any of these relationships. In some cases, the relationship of the victim to the offender is unknown. These cases are not included in the number of domestic violence related homicides.
  • Intimate partner: Romantic or sexual partner and includes spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, people with whom they dated, were seeing, or “hooked up.”
  • Intimate partner violence: The five types of intimate partner violence measured in the NISVS include sexual violence, stalking, physical violence, psychological aggression, and control of reproductive/sexual health. Sexual violence includes rape, being made to penetrate someone else, sexual coercion, unwanted sexual contact, and non-contact unwanted sexual experiences.
  • Intimate partner violence related impacts: For each perpetrator of domestic violence, the NISVS survey asks victims about specific direct impacts related to intimate partner violence to better understand the consequences of contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner.
  • Lifetime prevalence : Proportion of a population who, at some point in life, have ever experienced the characteristic or condition.
  • Protection orders with a disqualifying Brady Indicator : Protection orders related to domestic violence that have been identified as those that prohibit the individual from receiving or possessing firearms under federal law.
  • Physical violence: A range of behaviors from slapping, pushing, or shoving to severe acts that include being hit with a fist or something hard, kicked, hurt by pulling hair, slammed against something, tried to hurt by choking or suffocating, beaten, burned on purpose, or used a knife or gun.
  • Stalking victimization: Pattern of harassing or threatening tactics used by a perpetrator that is both unwanted and causes fear or safety concerns in the victim.

This page was updated June 10, 2020. Please note that data used are the most recent available data.