WASHINGTON DC (ABC4) – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released figures that shed light on the issue of homicide against Native Americans and Native Americans in Alaska (AI / AN).
Data from the CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System show that out of a total of 2,226 AI / AN homicides in 34 states and the District of Columbia between 2003 and 2018:
- The incidence of homicide was three times higher in AI / AN men than in women (12 versus 4 per 100,000)
- About half of the victims lived (48%) or were killed (53%) in metropolitan areas
- A firearm was used in almost half (48%) of the killings
- For female victims, 38% of the suspects were current or former intimate partners
CDC acting deputy director Debra Houry said the release of AI / AN homicide data comes at a critical time, especially in time to address what she calls “an urgent public health problem.”
“Our hope is that this report will help clear up common misconceptions about murder among Native Americans and Native Americans,” Houry said. “Now we need to use the data to support effective strategies to prevent the death toll among Indians and Native Americans.”
Additional data from the report showed that suspects in AI / AN killings:
- Most (80%) were young adult men and 42% were aged 18-34 years
- Almost a third (32%) were AI / AN
- Most knew their victims – over 60% of the victims knew the suspect in their murder
CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Executive Director Christopher M. Jones says the data from the report “should guide” the work they do to prevent violence.
“To stop the violence in Native Americans and Native Americans before it starts, we need effective solutions that are culturally relevant, incorporate Native American traditions, and take into account the factors that affect violence for all Native Americans and Native Americans.” Jones said.
According to the CDC report, one of the critical strategies for preventing interpersonal violence is teaching “safe and healthy relationship skills through social-emotional learning programs for young people” through culturally sensitive programs balanced with other programs that develop “positive attitudes toward healthy masculinity, relationships. , non-violent problem solving and being an active spectator. “
Interior Minister Deb Haaland said in September that the extensive news coverage of the disappearance and death of 22-year-old Gabby Petito serves as a reminder of the number of Native American women and girls being murdered or disappeared in the United States
The National Institute of Justice reported in 2016 that AI / AN also has a high degree of victimhood. Their data showed that nearly 82% of Alaska native men experienced violence in their lives. Out of these 82%, 27.5% experienced sexual violence, 43.2% experienced physical violence by an intimate partner, 18.6 percent experienced that someone was persecuting them, and 73 percent experienced psychological aggression from an intimate partner.