Report: 50 percent of Alaska women report abuse by partner

A new study says that half of women in Alaska say they have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence or both.

KTUU-TV reports that the study from the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center shows that 50 percent of women in 2015 reported having been subject to threats of physical violence or actual physical violence at some point in their lives. That figure is a decrease from the nearly 57 percent reported during a similar study in 2010.

According to the report, intimate partner violence in 2015 declined by 32 percent and sexual violence saw a 33 percent drop from five years earlier.

Executive director of Alaska’s Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Lauree Morton, attributed the decrease in violence to the influence of prevention programs and public awareness campaigns.