Addressing Domestic Violence in Alaska
Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. The abuser may use behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, or also physically injure or wound someone. Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.
Alaska has some of the nation’s highest rates of domestic violence, rape, and child sexual abuse. Alaska Legal Services Corporation is dedicated to helping victims and individuals stabilize their lives to protect themselves and their children. ALSC helps families address their legal issues so that they do not have to deal with their complex legal problems alone. We are the state’s largest provider of free civil legal services for domestic violence victims.
We collaborate with many community organizations throughout the state to connect clients with vital services such as health care and benefits. Attorneys provide legal aid in all types of family law matters for DV victims including child abduction, restraining orders, divorce, paternity, custody, visitation and child support. Each year, our organization helps hundreds of Alaskans gain protection and services.