Alaska has the highest rate of women killed by men in the nation for the 7th year in a row

Supporters of the Alaskans Choose Respect campaign listen to speakers during a rally at the state Capitol, March 27, 2014 — when the rate of women killed by men in Alaska was slightly lower than it was in 2020. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

Alaska has the highest homicide rate in the nation for women killed by men — for the seventh year in a row.

The state has been first or second on that list for a decade. That’s according to a report released Tuesday from the Violence Policy Center, a Washington, D.C. nonprofit that advocates for gun control.

The report details findings from the most recent data, which is from 2020. In that year, 12 Alaska women were killed by men. More than 90% of the victims were killed by someone they knew. A quarter of them were killed with guns.

The report says state lawmakers should prioritize ending the “epidemic of deadly violence” against Alaska women — and particularly Alaska Native women. 

Women in Alaska were killed at more than twice the national average rate. That’s 3.43 women were killed by men for every 100,000 people. Alaska Native women were killed by men at ten times the rate white women in Alaska were. 

The federal Office of Violence Against Women is holding its annual Government to Government Tribal Consultation meetings in Anchorage this week. Its aims are to figure out how to administer tribal funds to make Indigenous women safer and to strengthen the federal response to these violent crimes.

Claire Stremple

Alaska News Reporter, KTOO

I believe every Alaskan has a right to timely information about their health and health systems, and their natural environment and its management. My goal is to report thoughtful stories that inform, inspire and quench the curiosity of listeners across the state.

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