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Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) is initiating a new Landlord/Tenant Legal Helpline to provide free assistance to both tenants and landlords with legal questions and situations. This Landlord/Tenant Helpline will be open on Thursdays from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, starting December 5, 2013.
For more information on housing policy in Alaska for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, click here.
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During the hour-long presentation, the teens showcased creative projects they’ve worked on in recent years through three specific youth leadership opportunities: Lead On! For Peace and Equality, a youth leadership conference held in Anchorage each fall; SYLC, a group born out of Lead On! four years ago; and Rebound, a week-long outdoor trip around Glacier Bay for Southeast students.
NEW Sexual assault council focuses on helping children through trauma as reported by Homer Tribune
Jessica Lawmaster, executive director of South Peninsula Haven House, explained the center to the council, describing how staff are able to help children who are victims of physical or sexual assault and other trauma by providing them a safe environment in which to testify about their experiences.
NEW Homer teens ‘Lead On!’ as reported by Homer News
What were five Homer teenagers doing awake at 5 a.m. on a Saturday morning you ask? Making their way to Lead On!, a conference hosted by Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Anchorage to teach teenagers to find and project their voices to make a difference in their community.
Study shows high number of Kenai Peninsula women victimized as reported by Peninsula Clarion
More than half of women living on the Kenai Peninsula have experienced partner or sexual violence in their lifetime, according to a new study.
GMAK Welcomes Young Charity Entrepreneur as reported by YourAlaskaLink.com
Sarah Mixsell, only 11 years old, is the founder of Alaska Kids for Kids, a youth-led non-profit that encourages kids to help others and make a difference by donating birthday items to Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis Center (AWAIC).
Crime bill and Green Dot etc., fight domestic violence on Peninsula as reported by Peninsula Clarion
In an effort to combat Alaska’s high rate of domestic violence, on June 11, Alaska State Governor Sean Parnell signed Senate Bill 22, a bill addressing domestic violence and sex trafficking.
Cheri Smith, executive director for the LeeShore Center said this bill has some great pieces that will help victims, Alaska and the community.
Cordova men choose respect as reported by The Cordova Times
Crowded Bethel domestic violence shelter pulls double duty as reported by Alaska Dispatch
“Access to housing is one of the biggest barriers to safety that people we’re serving experience,” TWC executive director Michelle DeWitt said.
What it means to be a strong woman as reported by KCAW
We all know that growing up can be tough. The pressure to fit in can be overwhelming; so can the feeling of isolation when you don’t. In the second part of KCAW’s series on teens and communication, 16-year-old Veronica Nelson takes us on a journey to self-acceptance that many adults could learn from. Through a class she took last year at Sitka’s alternative school called “Strong Women,” Nelson found exceptional strength in her own voice.
Personal Boundaries: Learning the importance of ‘no’ as reported by Annie Brice of KCAW
Last week, we explored prevention programs in Sitka that aim to build resiliency in young kids through group activities. Today, we’ll take a look at how lessons learned in childhood might help break the cycle of domestic violence.
Young & impressionable: The effect of domestic violence on children as reported by Annie Brice of KCAW
For nearly a decade, SAFV has been a recipient of a federal grant through the CDC to support primary prevention of intimate partner violence within the community. Gustafson runs a program at SAFV that uses art.
Home again as reported by Brian Smith at Peninsula Clarion
“A year before I ended up in LeeShore, I was sitting around with girls talking about domestic violence, saying, ‘I will never be that person. I pity the poor guy who puts a hand on me,’” she said.
National News Now!
Begich, Murkowski Bill Tackles Domestic Violence in Rural Alaska as reported by both Senator Begich and Senator Murkowski’s Offices, Press Release
U.S. Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski introduced the Safe Families and Villages Act of 2013 to give Alaska tribes more power to combat drug and alcohol abuse in their communities and to address the rates of domestic violence and child abuse and neglect.
For updates on policy regarding military sexual assault, please visit our policy military sexual assault page.
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NEW Participants voice hopes and realities at domestic violence Prevention Summit as reported by KTOO
The Second Annual Prevention Summit kicked off Tuesday in Juneau. Sponsored by the state Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, the three-day summit at Centennial Hall brings together teams from 19 communities with the goal of exchanging ideas about prevention.
The contest is open to all Alaskan school children from preschool through high school. The deadline is December 13, 2013. The winner will receive a classroom ice cream party and their poster will be printed and seen throughout the state during the annual Choose Respect March. Follow the link to learn more.
Danielle M. Ryman, a partner in Perkins Coie’s Labor & Employment practice, has received the Third Annual Alaska Attorney General’s Award for Pro Bono service. The award was presented on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at the Anchorage Assembly Chambers in conjunction with the opening ceremony for domestic violence awareness month.
Survey paints grim picture of violence against women in Mat-Su reported by ADN
A new survey provides the first statistical look at violence against women living in the Mat-Su Borough. It’s not a pretty picture. More than half the 1,190 women surveyed reported at least one case of personal or sexual violence or both at some point in their lives.
To see all of the victimization surveys, please click here.
New Study Finds High Rate of Alaska Women Killed by Homicide as reported by the ADN
A new national study by a nonprofit organization says Alaska is second worst in the country in its rate of women killed by men.
The Violence Policy Center, a research and education group that works to stop gun violence, released its annual report last week.
Compass: Alaska’s poor need legal help in civil cases as reported by the ADN
In Alaska, as in every other state, attorneys are generally not provided in civil matters such as these to indigent litigants. Attorneys are provided for even minor criminal offenses. Yet, many people would rather spend a couple weeks in jail than lose their children or their house.
Green Dot Asks Alaskans to Help Stop Sexual Assaults, Domestic Violence as reported by KTUU
As part of a mission to lower Alaska’s high rate of domestic violence and sexual assault, Alaskans are using a national prevention program called Green Dot to reach that goal and think outside the box.
Resources Available for Male Domestic Abuse Victims as Reported By KTUU
Sexual assault cases in Anchorage are reported often, but Anchorage police say they rarely deal with cases involving a man as the victim… Standing Together Against Rape Director Keeley Olson says the community needs to know the truth about sex offenders. “We definitely want it to be known in the community,” said Olson. “That yes, women can be sex offenders and yes, adult men can be victims.” Both AWAIC and STAR want people to know that they aren’t alone, that they offer a number of services for anyone who is experiencing abuse — men included.
Letters to the Editor and Opinion
Facts and figures – A letter by Peggy Brown, Executive Director of Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
As reported by the Juneau Empire
In response to the letter submitted by Ms. Abernathy titled “Domestic Violence: A Family Problem.” The data presented is not a valid representation of (a) the current data regarding lethality levels of domestic violence cases and (b) incorrectly argues that intervention and treatment programs are available solely to one gender.
In praise of one woman’s strength and courage – As written by Saralyn Tabachnick, Executive Director of AWARE in Juneau
I am writing this My Turn out of a need to openly recognize Darcy Ervin’s strength and courage in publicly coming forward with her identity as SAM, a young woman sexually abused for years by her father. Because of the layered complexities surrounding child sexual abuse and the associated trauma, and because of the social stigma, it’s a rare day when a victim says, “this happened to me and it’s not ok;” and yet, given the right circumstances, it’s one of the most healing things a survivor can say.
I am SAM- As told by a young survivor and reported by Klas Stlope, Juneau Empire
An alleged victim of child sexual abuse says she finds no justice in the justice system. “‘SAM’ said she was a 10-year-old youth soccer player when her sexual abuse began… Now she is 18, and rebuilding her life. Tuesday, she goes to court to see her alleged abuser sentenced on a lesser charge — one that has nothing to do with sexual abuse. The plea deal shocked her — and also local victims’ rights activists.”