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Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Crisis

Violence Against Native Americans and Alaska Natives far exceed national averages

For decades, Native American and Alaska Native communities have struggled with high rates of assault, abduction, and murder of women.  Community advocates describe the crisis as a legacy of generations of government policies of forced removal, land seizures and violence inflicted on Native peoples. 

  • A 2016 study by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) found that more than four in five American Indian and Alaska Native women (84.3 percent) have experienced violence in their lifetime, including 56.1 percent who have experienced sexual violence.
  • In the year leading up to the study, 39.8 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native women had experienced violence, including 14.4 percent who had experienced sexual violence.
  • Overall, more than 1.5 million American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced violence in their lifetime.

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Office of Justice Services Headquarters
1849 C Street NW, MS-3662-MIB
Washington, DC 20240
Open 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday.

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