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Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued a proclamation to highlight October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In issuing his statement, Dunleavy said he is committed to ending the high rates of domestic violence that inflict harm on Alaskan families.

“As a father of three wonderful daughters, I have a vested interest in making our state a safe place for Alaska’s women and children,” he said in a prepared statement. “I won’t rest until all Alaskans can live free of violence and crime.”

Department of Public Safety Commissioner James Cockrell urged Alaska men in particular to help combat domestic violence.

“Once law enforcement responds to a domestic violence call, it is already too late, another Alaskan has already become a victim, and the crime has been committed,” Cockrell said. “I call on Alaska’s men to end this cycle of abuse with our generation and leave a better state for our kids and grandkids.”

Those who need assistance due to domestic violence can contact law enforcement, call Alaska’s CARELINE (877-266-4357) or the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233) for emergency crisis and intervention resources.


WHEREAS, all Alaskans deserve to be safe in their homes and communities. Domestic Violence is widespread and devastating to many Alaskan families, and it is crucial that we combat these crimes; and

WHEREAS, the physical and emotional scars of domestic violence affect men, women, and children across our state in alarming numbers. Domestic violence violates an individual’s dignity, security, and humanity and can leave lifelong scars on the minds, bodies, and spirits of victims; and

WHEREAS, in the United States, approximately one in four women and one in seven men have been victims of domestic violence, and 15.5 million children are exposed to violence every year; and

WHEREAS, one in three adult women in Alaska have been victims of stalking in their lifetime and one in nine Alaskan women 60 years of age or older experienced psychological or physical abuse in the past year; and

WHEREAS, domestic violence remains a serious crime that crosses all economic, racial, gender, educational, religious, and societal barriers; in Alaska, we acknowledge the disproportional impact these forms of violence have on Alaska Native populations where four in five Alaska Native women have experienced one or more forms of violence in their lifetime; and

WHEREAS, communities across the state are building prevention teams and implementing projects such as Green Dot AK, Girls on the Run, and Coaching Boys into Men, to prevent domestic violence from happening and ensuring a safer future for Alaskans; and

WHEREAS, those in need of assistance can call Alaska’s CARELINE, 877-266-4357, or the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-7233, for emergency crisis and intervention resources; and

WHEREAS, as Alaskans, we must demonstrate with our words and actions that domestic violence will not be tolerated. We must continue to build alliances among community entities, businesses, and governmental, educational, and faith-based organizations that will strengthen our families and hold offenders accountable for their crimes; and

WHEREAS, in October of each year, we recognize the victims and survivors of domestic violence, and remind them that they are not alone. Together we will foster a safer Alaska by providing resources in times of need, promoting healthy relationships, and sending a clear message that violence will not be tolerated.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim October 2021 as: Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to stand together against domestic violence by offering support to those in need, by seeking assistance if they, or others they know, are being harmed and by recognizing the efforts of those who work to extend hope and healing to the survivors and victims of domestic violence.

Dated: October 1, 2021

Gov. Dunleavy urges Alaskans to fight domestic violence

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Scott says:

    Work in the system. This is a BS move. Men are victims of massive verbal and emotional abuse, get assaulted often in DV cases, in many cases, are the victim but are not acknowledged as the victim. Women put hands on men and get away with it. This is BS. until an actual honest discussion happens about women being abusers, nothing will get solved. Fact: Women are the primary instigators of child removal…. thats domestic abuse but… crickets about women abusing their children…. often their boys!

    • Marie says:

      Agreed. We saw our neighbor who did 3 tours in Afghanistan endure emotional and physical abuse by his cheating, insane wife (she wasn’t exactly the quietest person). She would call the cops on him whenever she didn’t get her way. We even told the MPs she was the abuser and they said they suspected that but couldn’t do anything. Total BS.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    ALL abusers go directly to jail and stay there

  • Jen says:

    How can Alaskans take abuse seriously when the Anchorage Assembly chair and co chair on Sept 30th, 2021 disrespected, abused, bullied, and silenced a survivor from an abusive past continue badgering her not taking two steps back from their own position respecting the speaker’s autonomy for the sake of promoting her good health.

    • Evan S Singh says:

      It was one of your angry mob members that called Chris Constant a cock sucker. That’s abuse, right?

  • Common Peasant says:

    Domestic abuse is not something a system can even address. This control dramas in individual’s lives need to be addressed by the individual. This means deep introspection and personal action. Too often people lie to themselves and pretend that the relationship is worth saving, just so they can be in a relationship and not be alone. People need to learn to become whole beings, meaning they need to find contentment within themselves and not fall into the illusion that “he/she completes me”.
    Many issues within the hearts of people originate from childhood trauma. The wounds and scars need to be healed from within the individual before any outward change will happen. These changes must be done without distraction. Yes, that means being single for a while so one can work on themselves before they attempt to present themselves to a mate.
    When a person dwells in a lower vibration, they attract people of a similar energy. The more authentic and aware a person becomes, they more likely they will find a mate that does the same. There are exceptions, and self deception can keep people trapped in old patterns.

  • Matthew says:

    Ooooo! Now urge Alaskans to fight communism, covid mandates, and big pharma!

  • Jen says:

    Just here checking the view count. 182 views since my last time visiting. See! I rest my point. Compared to other article views recieving between 1000-4000 views in a short hours, Alaskans do not take Domestic Abuse seriously. How can they? while Alaska’s local leaders don’t even know what is an abuser and agitator only to re-abuse their constituents?
    America STILL as its Freedom and Alaskans wanted to break the cycle, there are books in the library, in local bookstores, and even on the internet through YouTube.

    • Common Peasant says:

      The domestic abuse I am concerned about is with our government abusing the people.
      If someone finds themselves in an abusive relationship, they must make the choice to separate themselves from the abuser.

  • Opus says:

    Awareness, yesiree, gotta have more awareness.

  • G Aleution says:

    The actual definition of domestic violence is fighting against the US Constitution and our guaranteed representative republic form of government by actively trying to transmute our government into a different form of government like Godless communism or fascism; or harming our liberties by attempting to eliminate the peoples expressed rights. It is not interpersonal battery between mates. We have a criminal definition in our criminal statutes for physical pummeling. Governments may not not change Constitutional definitions about “domestic violence”. Domestic violence is infringing one’s right to breath, locomotion, express oneself freely.