ANCHORAGE, Alaska  - A new survey has found that at least 51 percent of women in the Nome Census area have experience physical abuse or sexual violence or both at the hands of an intimate partner.

The survey was authored by the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center and the state Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Alaska Dispatch News (http://is.gd/LOBhpK) reports the study mirrors a pattern of high rates of violence against women statewide.

The survey results were released Feb. 11.

Researchers in the study spent more than five years surveying women in regions around the state about their experiences of abuse and sexual violence.

The regional survey for Nome was conducted last year, when adult women selected at random were surveyed by phone.

Communities included Nome, Shishmaref, Unalakleet and Shaktoolik.

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Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, http://www.adn.com