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Domestic Violence Help and Resources

Domestic Violence

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Women’s Shelters
A nationwide directory of shelters for women.

 

The information below is not a complete listing of all agencies. (December, 2016)

Statewide

on-line @ RAINN
Counseling & Assistance in a shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Services include crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy and support, legal advocacy, education/referrals for women and children.

Family Law Self Help Center 

For more information about protective orders, call the Family Law Self Help Center at
907- 264-0851 (in Anchorage) or toll-free (866) 279-0851 (outside Anchorage but in Alaska).

Your communications with the staff are not confidential and the staff is available to help both parties.

Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA)

ANDVSA Prevention Domestic Violence and Teen Dating

Communities & Programs 

ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
Sex Offender/Child Kidnapper Registration Central Registry
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ANCHORAGE

Abused Women Aid in Crisis AWAIC
24 hr Crisis Line: 907-272-0100
100 W. 13th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
907-279-9581
907-279-7244 Fax

Alaska dating and domestic violence prevention: Its Not Cool

ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE

FAMILY ADVOCACY PROGRAM: 907-580-5858
Domestic Violence Advocate: 24/7 907-551-2034
Sexual Assault Advocate: 24/7 907-551-SARC

Women’s Shelter – Will provide transportation if needed.
Call for counseling: groups/classes/services available

Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) 907-264-1408

STAR (Standing Together Against Rape)
Crisis Line: 1-800-478-8999

Information and counseling for sexual assault victims.

Megans Law
Parents for Megan’s Law and the Crime Victims Center (PFML/CVC) provides national Helpline community support and assistance on issues related to Megan’s Law, sex offender management and sexual assault prevention.

We are a New York State Certified Rape Crisis Center and are funded by the U.S. Justice Department to staff the National Megan’s Law Helpline to support the community when sex offender notifications are implemented and to provide appropriate law enforcement referrals when registrants are failing to comply with registration requirements or are in positions of trust which may pose a risk to public safety.
You can contact PFML/CVC trained staff who are available to support you and your community at:
1 (888) 275-7365.

We would also request that you link to our website (www.parentsformeganslaw.org) to provide your community with up-to-date information regarding sex offender registration and notification laws and links to sex offender registries nationwide.

1057 West Fireweed Lane – Suite 101
Anchorage, AK 99503

BARROW

Arctic Women In Crisis (AWIC)
Toll Free Crisis Line: 1-800-478-0267
Services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child and vulnerable adult abuse. Crisis intervention, one-to-one counseling, groups,legal and medical advocacy provided.
Emergency shelter in Barrow, volunteer Safe Homes in seven outlying villages (Atqasuk, Barter Island (Kaktovik), Nuiqsut, Point Hope, Point Lay, Anaktuvuk Pass and Wainwright.) Emergency one way transportation to Barrow.

NSB Health Emergency
Crisis Line 1-800-478-0267
1-907-852-0267

Tribal Victim Assistance Program
Domestic Violence Intervention (DVIP)

BETHEL

Tundra Women’s Coalition
Crisis Line: 1-800- 478-7799
Tundra Women’s Coalition –Emergency shelter and crisis intervention for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the YK Delta.  Services include 24-hour crisis line, peer advocacy and support, community education, referrals, legal advocacy, women, children, and teen support groups, and parent education.

COPPER CENTER, GLENNALLEN and VALDEZ

1-800-835-4044Advocates for Victims of Violence, Inc.
Crisis Line: 907-822-5525

Copper River Native Association

CORDOVA

Cordova Family Resource Center
24 Hour Crisis Line 907-424-4357
Services provided are: Client Advocacy, 24 hour HelpLine, Safe Homes, Transport to shelters outside of Cordova, Child Advocacy, Educational Workshops, Crisis Intervention, Lending Library, Referrals to other agencies, SART, and Parenting Skills.

DILLINGHAM

Safe and Fear Free Environment, Inc. S.A.F.E
Crisis Line 1-800-478-2316
Services include: support groups for free childcare while the adults are attending aftercare, teen nights, women’s support craft night, sister support group for battered women coping with substance abuse and teen parenting. S.A.F.E. has a licensed clinical counselor. They do advocacy, provide transportation and have a receiving home.
Office Phone: 907-842-2320

FAIRBANKS

Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living (IAC)
24 hour confidential support by phone: 907- 452-2293 or 1(800) 478-7273

FORT WAINWRIGHT

Victim Advocate: 353-4202
24/7 Hotline: 388-4203

JUNEAU

Aid to Women in Abuse and Rape Crisis (AWARE)
Crisis Line: 586 – 1090
Toll Free Crisis Line: 1-800-478-1090
Call for counseling/groups/classes/services available.
aware@alaska.com

HOMER

South Penninsula Haven House
Crisis Line: 1-800-478-7712
South Peninsula Haven House provides domestic violence/sexual assault advocacy, shelter, education and outreach to the southern Kenai Peninsula from Ninilchik to Homer and communities across Kachemak Bay.  Our service area includes Ninilchik, Anchor Point, Happy Valley,  Homer , Kachemak City, Fritz Creek, Miller’s Landing, Diamond Ridge, Fox River, and the Russian Old Believer Villages of Nikolaevsk, Kachemak Selo, and Voznesenka.  The SPHH service area also includes the Native Villages of Seldovia, Port Graham and Nanwalek.

Email us: SPHH

Sexual Assault Response Team (SART): 235-0287

KENAI

Leeshore Center:907-283-9479

24 hour crisis line: 907-283-7257
The Leeshore center is a 32-bed emergency shelter.

The LeeShore Center Mission Statement
To provide a safe haven for women and children who are victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault while promoting a safe, healthy, violence free community: by treating all people with respect, while empowering and supporting women; by creating an educated and aware public; by promoting healthy families; and by striving to eliminate domestic abuse, sexual assault, and associated societal oppression.

KETCHIKAN

Women in Safe Homes – W.I.S.H. Crisis Line
225-WISH (9474) or 1-800-478-9474
Children’s Program, Family Services, Education Department, Legal Advocacy W.I.S.H. Family Services
225-0722

Ketchikan Indian Community
228-4900 or 1-800-252-5158
I.C.W.A. provider, Youths Groups, Culture Camp. Counseling in Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence
2960 Tongass Ave.
Ketchikan, AK 99901
Ketchikan Indian Community 

CCTHITA – Saxman Social Services
225-2518, Fax 247-2504
Social Services/ Indian Child Welfare Act
Saxman City Hall
Rt. 2 Box 2
Ketchikan, AK 99901

KODIAK

Kodiak Women’s Resource & Crisis Center ( KWRCC)
Crisis Line: 486-3625 (KWRCC accepts collect calls from Kodiak Island Villages), Please call: 486-6171
KWRCC provides resources and crisis services to the community, as well as a shelter for women and their children who are victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

MAT – SU

The Children’s Place
357-5157; Fax 357 -5159
A child-friendly, neutral facility where professionals from many agencies involved in the evaluation, investigation and treatment of child abuse meet to coordinate and bring their services to the child and their families.

Alaska Family Services – (Domestic Violence)
746-4080 and 376-4000
(Alaska Family Services is the combined services of the former Family Resource Center with the services offered by the former Mat-Su Recovery Center.)

Help with Child Care Assistance, WIC Program, Family Violence Intervention Program, Child Care Food Program, Family Support Services, Services to Young Pregnant Women. Also serves youth, women and men for substance abuse and related problems.

NOME

Bering Sea Women’s Group (Nome)
443-5491; Fax: 443-3748
Provides shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence; crisis telephone; community education about domestic violence and sexual assault; village outreach and education; supervision of safe homes in villages.
P.O. Box 1596
Nome, AK 99762

SART (Sexual Assault Response Team)
443-3311 at Norton Sound Regional Hospital.
The team attempts to be the assessment team for any victim regionally of sexual abuse/assault.

Kawerak Children & Family Services
1-800-478-5153 Fax: 443-4457

Local ICWA Tribal Family Coordinator in Brevig Mission, Golovin, Mary’s Igloo & Teller, Shishmaref, Wales, King Island, White Mountain, Elim, Koyuk, Shaktoolik, Stebbins, St. Michael, Unalakleet.
email: cfsdir@kawerak.org

Kawerak Child Advocacy Center
443-4376, Fax 443-4474
Front St. Old Federal Bldg.
P. O. Box 948
Nome, Ak 99762

PETERSBURG

W.A.V.E. Women’s Aid in Violent Emergencies
907-518 – 0555, 1-800-478-9474
Regional shelter (in Ketchikan) for victims of domestic violence and
sexual assault and their children.

W.I.S.H has a children’s advocate to work with children who are victims of sexual, physical and emotional abuse. They provide both individual counseling and groups for children.

Tlingit-Haida Central Council Social Services
772-3636, 1-800-344-1432
For Tribal Members
PRINCE OF WALES ISLAND

Safe Home: 1-800-478-9474

St. Paul Island

The Aleut Community of St. Paul Tribal Government’s Health & Human Services Department incorporates the Rural Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Program (RDV/SA Program). The RDV/SA Program provides community education & outreach, plus advocacy for victims experiencing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault & services for children experiencing domestic violence.

The RDV/SA Program collaborates with appropriate entities in the community through the Strategic Planning Advisory Board (SPAB) and Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). A “safe house” is also included in the program, the Parker House, which is a facility used to provide safety for women & children (if any) who have experienced victimization of domestic violence, sexual assault, or any other related acts of violence.

For questions related to the Tribal Government of St. Paul Rural Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Program, please contact:
Katiana Bourdukofsky,
Tribal Government RDV/SA Program Coordinator
Phone: 907-546-3222
Fax: 907-546-3254
Po Box 86
St. Paul Island, AK 99660

Sophia Zacharof,
Sexual Assault Advocate
Phone: 907-546-3224

Olga Krukoff,
Rural Domestic Violence & Child Victimization Advocate
907-546-3246

SEWARD

SeaView Community Services:
1-888-224-5257 or 224-5257

SITKA

Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV)
Crisis Line: 1-800-478-5511, 747-6511
Women’s shelter – Call for counseling/groups/classes/services available

SOLDOTNA

SART: Sexual Assault Response Team: 714-4547

UNALASKA

Unalaskans Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence (USAFV)
USAFV 24-Hour Crisis Line: 1- 800-478-7238 or 581-1500

VALDEZ

Advocates for Victims of Violence
Crisis Line: 835-2999
Regional shelter for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and their children.

Other Statewide and National Resources:
Careline Hotline 24/7 1-877-266-4357

Violent Crimes Compensation Board
1-800-764-3040 or 1-907- 465-3040

The VCCB can provied money for couseling for victims and their families, transportation to safety, medical costs, lost wages, and other needed services for eligible victims and their families.(The Board does not pay for loss or damage to personal property or pain and suffering)

The Alaska Office of Victims Rights (OVR)
1-866-2784-2620
The OVR is an agency of the Alaska Legislature that provides free legal services to victims of crime to help them obtain the rights they are guaranteed under Alaska’s constitution and statutes with regard to their contacts with police, prosecutors, judges, and other criminal justice agencies in this state.  The OVR also advances and protects those victims’ rights in court when necessary and authorized by law.

Safety Alert: computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are in danger, use a safer computer, call your local hotline, or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at
1-800-799-SAFE.

CHILD ABUSE
Abuse hotline: 1-800-478-444 or 911
If you suspect a child is abused or neglected call.
A child’s safety may depend on you.
State of Alaska, Children’s Justice
Children’s Just Act Task Force

If your children, or you suspect a child is being abused RID Alaska of Child Abuse is a statewide resource to use.

Go to RID Alaska of Child Abuse, hit local services then click on the nearest town to your home to find the resources in your area.

Below are listed the child advocacy centers across our state:

ANCHORAGE

Alaska CARES:
907/561-8301 or 1-877-561-8301
Alaska CARES (Child Abuse Response & Evaluation Services) is a Children’s dvocacy Center, established to make sure that children are not re-traumatized by the systems designed to help them. At our facility, the child remains the primary focus. Professionals from a variety of agencies come together at our facility to ensure a seamless and comprehensive evaluation and response to reports of child physical and sexual abuse. Children are referred to Alaska CARES through the police, the Office of Children’s Services, or medical or mental health practitioners.

BETHEL

YK Delta Children’s Advocacy Center
Business Line: 907/543-3144 or 1-888-543-3144
The YK Delta Children’s Advocacy Center is a child-focused place where child victims, non-offending caregivers, and multidisciplinary professionals meet to conduct interviews, examinations, discussions, and make decisions about investigation, treatment and prosecution of child sexual abuse cases. Children and non-offending family members receive intervention, support, and follow-up services through this program.

JUNEAU

S.A.F.E. Southeast Alaska Family Evaluations:
907/463-6157
The S.A.F.E. Child Advocacy Center is a child focused, protected place where child victims, non-offending adults and family members, and multidisciplinary professionals meet to conduct interviews, examinations, discussions, and make decisions about investigation, treatment and prosecution of child abuse cases.

MAT – SU

The Children’s Place:
907/357-5157 (phone) 907/357-5159 (fax)
A child-friendly, neutral facility where professionals from many agencies involved in the evaluation, investigation and treatment of child abuse meet to coordinate and bring their services to the child and their families.

NOME

Kawerak Child Advocacy Center:
907/443-4376

http://www.pickclickgive.org

 

 

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Domestic Violence Anchorage

Anchorage

Abused Women Aid in Crisis AWAIC
24 hr Crisis Line: 907-272-0100
100 W. 13th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
907-279-9581
907-279-7244 Fax

Alaska dating and domestic violence prevention: Its Not Cool

ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE

FAMILY ADVOCACY PROGRAM: 907-580-5858
Domestic Violence Advocate: 24/7 907-551-2034
Sexual Assault Advocate: 24/7 907-551-SARC

Women’s Shelter – Will provide transportation if needed.
Call for counseling: groups/classes/services available

Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) 907-264-1408

STAR (Standing Together Against Rape)
Crisis Line: 1-800-478-8999

Information and counseling for sexual assault victims.

Megans Law
Parents for Megan’s Law and the Crime Victims Center (PFML/CVC) provides national Helpline community support and assistance on issues related to Megan’s Law, sex offender management and sexual assault prevention.

We are a New York State Certified Rape Crisis Center and are funded by the U.S. Justice Department to staff the National Megan’s Law Helpline to support the community when sex offender notifications are implemented and to provide appropriate law enforcement referrals when registrants are failing to comply with registration requirements or are in positions of trust which may pose a risk to public safety.
You can contact PFML/CVC trained staff who are available to support you and your community at:
1 (888) 275-7365.

We would also request that you link to our website (www.parentsformeganslaw.org) to provide your community with up-to-date information regarding sex offender registration and notification laws and links to sex offender registries nationwide.

1057 West Fireweed Lane – Suite 101
Anchorage, AK 99503

 

 

AWN News for Women

June, 2017

Alaska Health Fair

 

 

 

Colleen Stymeist-Wood
With Heart Productions, LLC
907.888.6278

We know there are many great women storytellers out there! If you know anyone who might be interested in sharing a story for this show’s theme of Law Enforcement, Firefighter, First Responder, Active Military and Veteran stories, please forward them our information. Story auditions are Sunday, April 2nd or by appointment. We are looking for stories of approx. 8 min, 10 min max. Stories must involve Alaska and our theme. That’s it!

We will eventually be building on our footage of the storytelling show to make a series of short documentaries of selected stories. Ultimately, our stories will be kept safe in the UAF’s Film Archives for generations to come : )

Thank you and Have a great day!
Colleen Stymeist-Wood
With Heart Productions, LLC
907.888.6278

 

February,  2017

 

 

Congratulations Roxy Wright!
Stephan Wiebe: Wright wins 4th Fur Rondy sled dog title – her first in 24 years

 

Anchorage Z. J. Loussac Library
It’s time to plan on growing your personal library!

**Please note the Book Sale is occurring much earlier than in previous years.

Current Friends of the Library members can attend the Book Sale at the Z.J. Loussac Library on Friday, March 3, from 6-9PM, for a members-only shopping day. Be first to browse thousands of books, CDs, and DVDs for all ages while enjoying light refreshments.

If you’re not a member yet, but want to shop early – no worries! You can become a member at the door or click here to join online.

The Book Sale will be open to the public on Saturday, March 4, from 10AM-4PM, and on Sunday, March 5, from 12-4PM.

Follow signs to the event entrance on the northwest side of Loussac parallel to 36th Avenue. Parking is available in the Library’s south lot.

Pricing

This year, materials are priced low to go so there will not be a half-price Sunday. Prices depend upon the item but most range in the $1-$5 range. Rare Alaskan books may go for higher. Money raised at the Book Sale supports collections and programs throughout the Anchorage Public Library.

Volunteer at the Book Sale

Almost every person working the book sale is a volunteer. If you are interested in helping out with setup, working the sale, or the event tear-down – all on the first floor of the Library, contact Rick at hendersonra@muni.org for more information.

 

Avery Lill: Dillingham residents dance to raise awareness about violence against women

 

Charles Wohlforth: How Kay Brown’s toughness and ethics helped shape Alaska

 

Meet 2016 Individual Artist Award recipient Sarah Mitchell

 

Congratulations Andrea Cesar, Sioux Douglas, Kris Sell and Rena Sims!
By Juneau Empire: AWARE announces this year’s Women of Distinction honorees

 

Rachel Weingarten: Alaska’s Female Fishermen (Yes, That’s Really a Thing) On Gender Labels, Finding Zen and Weathering Life’s Storms

 

Congratulations Marjorie Tahbone!
Rue Kaladyte: Meet Alaska’s fastest woman with an ulu

 

Rue Kaladyte: Photos: 2017 Alaska Ski for Women

 

 

Annie Zak: New apprenticeship programs aim to train Alaska workers amid a tough job market

 

 

 

 

Nominate A Distinguished Artist

For Immediate Release
Contact: Aleesha Towns-Bain, 907-334-0509

Anchorage, Alaska – Rasmuson Foundation is seeking public nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Artist Award. The Award recognizes the significant artistic accomplishments of one Alaskan and culminates in a $40,000 grant.

“The Distinguished Artist Award is an opportunity to celebrate the talents and contributions of an extraordinary Alaska artist,” said Jeff Baird, program officer for the Foundation. “We welcome the participation of Alaskans in this process to make sure our best artists are identified and their impact on our state is validated through this award.”

The nomination deadline is March 1.

Eligible artists will have honed their craft for a minimum of 15 years, have an extensive independent body of work, and will have had a broad impact on arts and culture in Alaska.

Past Distinguished Artist Award recipients are Don Decker and Garry Kaulitz of Anchorage; Peggy Shumaker, Kes Woodward, John Luther Adams and John Haines of Fairbanks; Teri Rofkar of Sitka; Rie Munoz of Juneau; Ron Senungetuk of Homer; Sylvester Ayek of Nome; and Delores Elizabeth Churchill, Ray Troll and Nathan Jackson of Ketchikan.

Nominations may be submitted online.

 

Diana Marszalek Trio of Women Take Charge at Gray’s Alaska Stations

 

Charles Wohlforth : Alaska woman’s know-how could change how loans are made in Rwandan villages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January,  2017

Aleesha Towns-Bain to head Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bristol Bay Native Corporation Contact Andria Agli, 907-278-3602 or aagli@bbnc.net
Rasmuson Foundation Contact: Courtney Brooke Smith, 907-334-0520

Aleesha Towns-BainAnchorage, AK— Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Aleesha Towns-Bain as the new Executive Director of the BBNC Education Foundation. As Executive Director, Towns-Bain will provide strategic leadership and effective management of the Foundation’s operations.

 

Chris Klint: Survey: Alaska women report ‘very high’ rate of stalking

 

Ingrid D. Johnson: Reject any normalization of sexual violence

 

By Angelique Fiske: Robert Kraft surprises Chief Master Sergeant from Alaska

 

Changes to the Individual Artist Awards Program

 

2017 Beginning Organic Gardening Classes

 

 

Mike Dunham: For Anchorage musician Laura Oden, dormant decade led to a musical revival

 

Mike Dunham: Wildflower wizard Verna Pratt dies in Anchorage

 

By Dan Carpenter: Pre-filed bill would change the way assault kits are handled

 

 

Eminent Domain
Devin Kelly: City of Anchorage poised to head to court with property owners on Spenard Road

 

 

Alice Rogoff: A New Year’s update from the publisher of Alaska Dispatch News

 

Artists Invited to Apply for Grants

 

Lisa Maloney: Now’s the ideal time to book a public-use cabin for a midsummer Alaska getaway

 

 

BP Teachers of Excellence
Nominations are now open!
Please submit by February 1, 2017.

 

 

Winter fun for the whole family: 5 ways to stay active in the cold
SPONSORED Presented by Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium: Don’t let short Alaska days give you and your kids a case of cabin fever.

 

Alaska Dispatch News: New Year’s Day fundraiser brings in $57,000 through the power of coffee

Mike Dunham: What Teri Rofkar taught us through her art

 

Mike Dunham: Nine Alaskans have been selected to receive the 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities at a gala in Juneau on Jan. 26. They are:

-Robert Banghart of Juneau, for distinguished service to the humanities

-Marilyn Davidson of Kodiak, for arts education

-Charlotte Fox of Anchorage, for lifetime achievement in the arts

-Lani Hotch of Klukwan, for arts business leadership

-Kathleen Carlo Kendall of Fairbanks, for Alaska Native arts

-Heather Lende of Haines, for distinguished service to the humanities

-Lance Petersen of Homer, for individual artist

-Robert Sparks of Kenai, for Alaska studies educator of the year

-Shirley Mae Springer Staten of Anchorage, for distinguished service to the humanities

 

 

Congratulations Rosie Mancari!
Beth Bragg: Anchorage snowboarder ascends to her sport’s biggest stage

 

Mike Dunham: Ernestine Hayes named 2017 State Writer Laureate

 

Six nonprofit executives selected for Sabbatical Program

Congratulations:
Stephanie Berglund, thread (Anchorage)

Jason Hodges, Anchorage Concert Association (Anchorage)

Alison Kear, Covenant House (Anchorage)

Gerda Kosbruk, Native Village of Port Heiden (Port Heiden)

Jillian Lush, Sprout Family Services (Homer)

Susan Ohmer, Petersburg Mental Health Services (Petersburg)

The next deadline to apply for a Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical is October 1, 2017. Details about the Sabbatical Program, guidelines for preparing a proposal, and application materials are available online.

 

Congratulations Eva Perry!
Suzanna Caldwell: With microloan help, Mountain View gets an espresso shop

 

 

Shannyn Moore: Sisters, there’s a war on women

 

 

Congratulations Bang-On Roulet!
Video: Halloween pumpkin carving tips from Anchorage master food sculptor

 

Congratulations Crystal Garrison!
Lisa Demer: Yup’ik speaker is 1st to be official court interpreter
Crystal Garrison, supervisor for Alaska Court System’s in-court clerks in Bethel, recently passed the National Center for State Courts’ written exam for court interpreters. She was tested on court terms, ethical standards for interpreters and her English proficiency. About half of the first-time test takers pass; Garrison scored 93.

 

 

 

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Schedule for 2017 Alaska Health Fairs 

 

Joel Achenbach, The Washington Post: In Ohio, fighting to survive an epidemic of self-destruction

FYI David Kohn, Special to The Washington Post: A powerful new form of medical marijuana, without the high

Prevention and Education can save lives!

Veterans Benefits Administration

Elizabeth Baltensperger, LCSW
Women Veterans Program Manager
Alaska VA Healthcare System
1201 N. Muldoon Road
Anchorage, Alaska 99504
v. message: (907) 257-4737, fax: (907) 770-2077

Women and Alcoholism

The Alaska Women’s Network is adding alcohol dependence to the Women and Health page because alcoholism is a disease that impacts women and girls. Alaska has a high rate of substance abuse and a high rate of abuse against women. Often the two are related.

What is alcoholism? Answer: Alcoholism, also known as “alcohol dependence,” is a disease that includes alcohol craving and continued drinking despite repeated alcohol-related problems, such as losing a job or getting into trouble with the law. It includes four symptoms:

Craving — A strong need, or compulsion, to drink.

Impaired control — The inability to limit one’s drinking on any given occasion.

Physical dependence — Withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety, when alcohol use is stopped after a period of heavy drinking.

Tolerance — The need for increasing amounts of alcohol in order to feel its effects. A woman who drinks gets drunker faster than her male partner and might engage in unprotected sex. A woman who drinks can be assaulted by a stranger or a friend.

In Alaska, women are murdered every year in cases where alcohol is a factor. The effects of alcohol on the liver are more severe for women than men, and women can develop cirrhosis and hepatitis sooner than men. More alcoholic women die from liver cirrhosis than men.

There is a great deal of information available on the Internet, but About.com has a collection of articles about women and the symptoms of alcoholism, types of treatment, and getting help through 12 step programs.

About.com has an Alcoholism Screening Quiz you can take.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Alaska also has one of the highest rates of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disease (FASD) in the country. The good news is that the rate dropped significantly (32%) from 1996 to 2002 for Native babies after a major education effort by the state and federal government (FAS report).

Babies whose mothers drink during pregnancy can have a long list of lifelong health problems, including brain damage. It is the only birth defect that is totally preventable. Learn more at the State of Alaska Health & Social Services website on FASD.

Getting Help

As with all health problems, see your health care provider. You can find an AA group near you atAlcoholics Anonymous Alaska or check your newspaper for listings of support groups.

New HelpGuide.org
Understand, Prevent & Resolve Life’s Challenges

Alaska Birth Network, a consumer based, grassroots organization centered on the belief that birth can profoundly affect our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. ABN was founded in 2008 as a chapter of Birth Network National. We are a team of local consumers, advocates, and health professionals dedicated to increasing the awareness and availability of evidence-based maternity care as defined by the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI), through information, advocacy, and support. We hold free monthly meetings to discuss topics related to pregnancy and birth, distribute Choices in Childbirth’s Guide to a Healthy Birth around the state, and do community outreach to help mothers access resources for healthy births.
Stormy Antonovich, Co-Leader
907-244-6402

Alaska Health Fair

March of Dimes Alaska Chapter

Network of Care is a comprehensive, Internet-based community resource for the elderly and people with disabilities, as well as their caregivers and service providers.
Alaska’s Network of Care was created by the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC), in cooperation with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. The project is part of a broad effort by the SILC to improve and better coordinate long-term care services for Alaskan seniors and persons experiencing disabilities.

Exercise your physical and spiritual well-being; check out the seasonal facility openings for our parks, trails and campgrounds at:
Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Get connected, get answers! United Way’s 2-1-1 is a 24/7 easy to remember phone number with supporting website to connect individuals with vital resources in their community.
Alaska 2-1-1

Anchorage Project Access
Although access to health care and lack of health insurance is a complicated national problem, hundreds of communities across the United States have developed plans within their communities to provide an organized network for low-income people to receive health care.

One model is a volunteer health care provider network, developed by the medical society in Asheville, North Carolina. That model has resulted in a decrease in ER use by the target population by 70%, reduced hospital charity expenses by 23%, and decreased work absenteeism among those enrolled.

Want to know more about your prescriptions?
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The Sister Study is conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, one of the National Institutes of Health, of the US Department of Health and Human Services. From 2004 to 2009, more than 50,000 women across the US and Puerto Rico, who were between ages 35–74 and whose sister had breast cancer, joined this landmark research effort to find causes of breast cancer. Because of their shared environment, genes, and experiences, studying sisters provides a greater chance of identifying risk factors that may help us find ways to prevent breast cancer.

The Sister Study is currently tracking the health of women in the cohort. Participants complete health updates each year, as well as detailed questionnaires about health and experiences every two-to-three years. Research in the Sister Study focuses on causes of breast cancer and other health issues in women, as well as on factors that influence quality of life and outcomes after a breast cancer diagnosis.

Sister Study site or call 1-877-474-7837;
Deaf/Hard of Hearing, 1-866-TTY-4747.

Breast & Cervical Health Check

More than 14,000 Alaskan Women screened throughout Alaska, the Alaska Breast and Cervical Health Check (BCHC) program offers free or low-cost breast and cervical health screening to income eligible women ages 21 to 64 who does not have insurance, cannot meet their deductible  or whose insurance does not pay for a woman’s annual health exam.  A Health Check starts with a Pap test, pelvic exam and clinical breast exams.  Women 40 – 64 also receives a mammogram as well.

The YWCA Alaska Women’s Wellness ENCOREplus program works to eradicate health disparities by increasing access to healthcare.  We do this through intensive community education, connection to life-saving screenings and direct assistance to individuals experiencing barriers to healthcare.

To learn more about the program or find out if you are eligible, call YWCA Alaska Women’s Wellness ENCOREplus at 907/644-9620 or visit our website at http://ywcaak.org/womens-wellness-2/ for breast and cervical cancer outreach, education and screening, and our Lend a Helping Hand and Men, too program information.

Zazary Urrutia
Women’s Wellness Outreach Coordinator
YWCA Alaska
324 E. 5th Ave.
Anchorage, AK  99501
907.644.9620 ph
907.644.9650 fx

Or call 1-800-410-6266 to find the screening services nearest you.

Early Intervention/Infant Learning Program

Women often have questions about childhood development. Children roll over, sit alone, learn to talk, crawl and walk at different times and ages. If you have questions about your infant or toddler’s development, talk to your doctor or your local early intervention specialist.

Call 907-269-3400 or AK Info 1-800-478-2221 and you will be given the name and telephone number of the local EI/ILP program nearest you.

Endometriosis online support group

Wired for Health – Breast Cancer Awareness
is information sponsored by the YWCA in Anchorage and is a superb site for information on breast cancer.

Residence XII for Women, Seattle
Chemical Dependency Treatment Center for Women. Run by women, for women, for the past sixteen years. The website includes a survey if you feel you have a dependency problem. To our knowledge, there is no comparable facility in Alaska – if you know of one, please e-mail the Web Goddess. Who amongst us hasn’t been touched by alcohol or drug abuse?

Mayo Clinic Health Oasis

Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center
A reservation-based, non-profit organization in South Dakota serving Native American women and their families. The website makes the Resource Center’s publications on Native American public health available to the community at large. Contact: Sandy Wade.

The National Women’s Health Information Center
General Consumer Information/Health Inquiries
Toll-free: 1-877-986-9472
Fax: 732-530-3347
Email: info@healthywomen.org

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest Alaska

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Do you have information about health care issues for women in Alaska? Resources? Websites you’ve found helpful? Support Groups? Please e-mail the Web Goddess and we’ll spread the word.

 

Government

Government

“… in the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I desire you would remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. … If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to forment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice, or Representation.”
Abigail Adams, letter to her husband John, March 31, 1776

 

 

 

 

Dear Alaskan,

Get on a State Board or Commission and Make a Difference. Openings available and application forms can be viewed at: http://gov.state.ak.us/boards/ 

Pick up the phone –

Fax that fax –

E-mail your representatives –

Let your voice be heard:

State of Alaska: Homepage

Alaska Division of Elections

Senate

House

Alaska State Legislature

Bill Action and Status Inquiry System (BASIS)

Legislative Information Offices can deliver 50 words or less public opinion messages (POM) for you and give you updated bill information.

Send E-mail to a member of the Alaska State Legislature by addressing a message to: Representative/Senator_FirstName_LastName@legis.state.ak.us.

Contact Governor Bill Walker

Telephone: Office of the Governor, 907-465-3500.

Contact  Lt. Governor Byron Mallott

Alaska Boards & Commissions

Alaska Congressional Delegation:

Senator Mark Begich

Senator Lisa Murkowski

Congressman Don Young

References and Information:

Alaska Citizens Workshop with every resource you’ll need to get up to speed on Alaska political issues.

Project Vote-Smart! provides recent votes by lawmakers on 19 key issues that are litmus tests for many voters. They also have 1-888-VOTE-SMART or 1-800-622-SMAR(T).

League of Women Voters has a League Action Line that makes it easy to send an e-mail message to Congress

Alaska Women’s Network News 2016-2017

The Alaska Women’s Network (AWN) voted to disband as a non-profit in 2016. The WebGoddessWA (With Attitude) is continuing this site along the lines of  information.  I am working with other Alaska Women to provide better service to you.

 

One goal is promotion on bloggers for current/real-time information.

 

What would you like to see here?

Thank you. I hope you enjoy the site.

 

Deborah Collins
WebGoddessWA  (With Attitude)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Updated December, 2016