- They plan to aggressively pursue stiff sentencing for offenders.
- The sex offender list will become unavoidable through plea bargains.
- New sexual assault and domestic violence investagors will be added to the roll.
- Increased funding to shelters.
- An expansion to the VPSO project.
Even more problematic, it appears not only arrest appear to be ineffectual, but it may actually increase domestic violence in the long run as those penalized through stiff sentences increase the rate of battery. This may be due to the increased disruption in the batterers' leading to a poor economic situation, and this hypothesis would be supported by the fact that increased arrest increases the rate of domestic violence and sexual assault among the unemployed. It seems that the situation is positively hopeless!
The current situation is clearly not tenable, so what would a better plan be? The bush suffers differentially from domestic violence, with some areas it being positively epidemic. There are a few strong links to domestic violence that we could address, possibly with greater success. Most studies have focused on male to female violence, so please keep that in mind.
- Female highest level of education is negatively associated.
- Having multiple partners is positively associated.
- Conflict over his drinking is positively associated.
- Greater income inequality between partners is positively associated.
- Other conflict in their lives was positively associated.
- General increasing income equality was negatively associated.
- Family income is negatively associated.
- Living with more extended family members is positively associated.
I've only listed the things we societally could address. For example, the older you are, the less likely domestic violence is, but we can't go out and age people. In the light of this information, it should seem highly unsurprising that many bush communities have high rates of violence, because they are on the increased risk end of many of these factors. My arm-chair quarterback suggestions for reducing the rate of domestic violence in Alaska would be:
- Invest very heavily in rural economic development.
- Continue to invest in domestic violence shelters.
- Increase the availability and desirability of bush student scholarships.
- Increase the amount of available affordable, energy efficient housing in the bush.
The problem with the TwoYaks proposal is it'd be slow. It would take a long time to see the fruits we've planted, but I don't know of any method to give the state an immediate short-term drop in domestic violence. There just doesn't seem to be a quick and easy fix. But the TwoYaks proposal has the advantage of being based on sound science and observation, and also effecting other things we find societally undesirable too. For example, poor opportunities for employment is associated with high levels of murder and alcoholism, two things we also don't like.
Sadly, I'm not Governor, so I just make them start. That means it's time to hit the pen and paper, and write some letters to my congress critters.