Missing and Murdered NATIVE WOMEN

Missing and Murdered Native Women Facts

  • American Indian and Alaska Natives experience higher rates of domestic violence and sexual assaults than any other population of women in the United States.
  • Findings for the VAWA for Indian Women Title is that during the period of 1979-1992, homicide was the 3rd leading cause of death of American Indian females aged 15-34, and 75% were killed by family members or acquaintances.
  • U.S. DOJ found that in some tribal communities, American Indian women face murder rates that are more than 10 times the national average.
  • American Indian women experience sexual assault accompanied by other forms of violence. Example, when aggressors physically hit them during the assault, over 90% of female Native American victims responded affirmatively as compared to 74% of the general population.

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2017-IW-AX-0010, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.