As bad as the national statistics are for women in general (1 out of 5 for women and 1 in 4 for college age women) the statistics for American Indians and Alaskan Native women are even worse. The rate of domestic violence (including IPV) is alarming in this country. All of us need to offer support for women going through such a traumatic event and get them to the resources they need. I am not advocating taking them in or anything like that but rather get them help that they need as they will need counseling, secure shelter, etc. - which is best left up to the professionals to provide this type of service for them. But, we can support by encouraging them to get the help they need and get out of abusive situations. Below are some statistics that are just horrifying and further down is information with hotline #'s they can call. All of this information and more is available provided in the link below as well.
As always, I recommend that all women get themselves to a Self Defense class!
Violence Against American Indian and
Alaska Native Women
More than 4 in 5 American Indian and Alaska Native
women (84.3 percent) have experienced violence in their
lifetime. This includes --
56.1 percent who have experienced sexual violence.
55.5 percent who have experienced physical violence
by an intimate partner.
48.8 percent who have experienced stalking.
66.4 percent who have experienced psychological
aggression by an intimate partner.
Victims and Survivors
The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) is dedicated to ending violence and increasing
safety for American Indian women and children. As the National Indian Resource Center, the NIWRC offers
resources aimed at enhancing the capacity of Tribal Nations, Alaska Native Villages and Native Hawaiians to
prevent and respond to violence against Native women and their children. Resources are available online at
The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides highly trained expert advocates who are available
24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information,
or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship. The hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate
support. Resources and help can be found by calling 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or online at
The National Sexual Assault Hotline, 1-800-656-HOPE (4673), provides access to a range of free services,
including confidential and judgment-free support, support in finding a local health facility, local resources
that can assist with next steps toward healing and recovery, referrals for long-term support, and information
about laws and medical concerns. Additional resources, including an online hotline, are available at