By Jill Burke: Taking back control: how a remote island in Alaska tackled domestic abuse

Generations of sustained traumas haunt the Aleut Community of St Paul Island, but shelters, social workers and programs aim to help.
 
 
 
 

About 500 people, mostly Alaska Natives, live on St Paul Island. The tribe estimates as many as 90% of the relationships on the island expose individuals to verbal or physical abuse.

National data shows about two out of three American Indian and Alaska Native women experience domestic violence, sexual and physical assaults in their lifetime.

Kristie Traver, victim services division manager for the tribe, believes rates on St Paul are higher. Last year, officers responded to about 160 calls involving domestic violence and assault, according to Zachery Lamblez, St Paul’s chief of police.
 
 
 
 
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