Family and partner interpersonal violence among American Indians/Alaska Natives

Katherine J. Sapra, Sarah M. Jubinski, Mina F. Tanaka, Robyn R.M. Gershon

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Family and partner interpersonal violence are common among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations. AI/AN women have the second highest prevalence of violence against women among all racial/ethnic groups in the United States, and child abuse prevalence rates in AI/AN populations are among the highest. Elder abuse in AI/AN is also an important concern, although data on this are sparse. This review describes the epidemiology of child abuse, violence against women, and elder abuse among AI/AN, including prevalence and associated risk factors. The authors discuss potential reasons for the high burden of interpersonal violence among AI/AN, including common risk factors. Important limitations in existing literature are also highlighted, along with recommendations for future research on this topic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7
JournalInjury Epidemiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2 2014


  • American Indians/Alaska Natives
  • Child abuse
  • Child neglect
  • Domestic violence
  • Elder abuse
  • Native Americans
  • Rape
  • Sexual assault
  • Violence against women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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