Domestic violence and the Alaska justice system

law-books-600x399-1-600x399Justice Alaska on Hometown Alaska this week rounds out a three-part series touching on how the justice system works to protect the most vulnerable in society. Previously, this series has touched upon the elderly, the mentally impaired and upon children.

The current segment looks at issues of domestic violence and how the state’s legal system seeks to protect the most vulnerable.

The Alaska Legal Services Corporation defines domestic violence this way:

Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.

Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.

The Alaska Court System is available 24/7 to assist victims of domestic violence. Unlike most legal situations the court faces, domestic violence protective orders can be granted on the basis of just one party’s request, called an ex parte order. This unusual situation is both helpful to victims, and potentially subject to abuse, legal professionals say.This is just one issue the show’s experts will speak to.

Back as legal expert and co-host, joining Hometown Alaska regular host Kathleen McCoy, is Senior Judge Elaine Andrews. Legal experts in this area will join them.

Your questions and individual experiences, by phone or email, are always welcome on this community radio segment. Please join us for this important topic.


HOSTS: Senior Judge Elaine Andrews and Kathleen McCoy


  • Marjorie Thayer, legal advocate, AWAIC
  • District Court Judge J. Patrick Hanley



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