What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence can be 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. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, 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.
Domestic Violence in Alaska
Alaska has some of the nation’s highest rates of domestic violence, rape, and child sexual abuse. Far too many domestic violence victims are forced to deal with their complex legal problems with little or no assistance.
As the state’s largest provider of free civil legal services for domestic violence victims, ALSC helps hundreds of Alaskans obtain legal protection from domestic violence each year.
We are dedicated to helping victims and individuals who live in fear of future domestic violence to stabilize their lives, protect themselves and their children, and gain access to vital services such as health care and benefits. Our attorneys assist domestic violence survivors with a variety of family law matters including child abduction, restraining orders, divorce, paternity, custody, visitation and child support.