The contextual characteristics of violent crime against Native American women
Stanley, Michelle A.
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National surveys, reports, and research articles have indicated that Native American women experience some of the highest rates of violence compared to women from other racial or ethnic groups in the United States. Despite these findings, there is a lack of in-depth research on the violence experienced by Native women. This study uses the concatenated incident dataset from the National Crime Victimization Survey for 1992-2019. The sample for this study included 6,139 female respondents who experienced violent crime from 2014-2019. The purpose of this study was to identify the contextual characteristics of violence against Native women and determine how these characteristics differ when compared to women from other racial groups. Findings from cross-tabulations suggest that Native American women experience high rates of assault and that the contextual characteristics for all violence differ when compared to Black, White, Asian, and women from other racial groups. The findings of a cluster analysis identified ten sub-groups of Native women. Five of the clusters included women who experienced high levels of assault, one cluster was composed of women who only experienced robbery, and four clusters included women who experienced higher rates of rape or sexual assault. Across all clusters, Native women were more likely to experience violence from interracial offenders, live in urban areas, and be unmarried. There were also variations in contextual characteristics between clusters. Importantly, this study provides visibility for violence against Native women; includes discussions of settler colonialism, sovereignty, and Federal Indian Laws; and highlights implications for public administrators. Keywords: Native Americans, violent crime, public administration
Indigenous peoplesViolent crimes
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