Juneau, Alaska (KINY) For the third time in the past four years, Alaska ranked #1 for homicides of women committed by men, according to an annual study.
The study from the Violence Policy center shows Alaska ranked in the top five in the past five years. The national average was 1.2 per 100,000 and Alaska is 2.86 per 100,000, more than double the national rate. Alaska has ranked #1 or #2 since 2011.
Executive Director Kristen Rand said the citizens of Alaska need to be concerned about this problem, "Every female victim in Alaska knew the person that killed them. Of those 60 percent were ex wives, common law wives or former girlfriends of the suspect. The bulk of this is a domestic violence type problem."
Rand said the best strategy is to look very carefully at the different types of homicides, look for intervention strategies to give women the opportunity to escape situations where domestic violence is involved, and to focus on the Native Alaskan population. Seven of the 10 females murdered in 2016 were Native Alaskans.