The village of Hooper Bay and Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. are teaming up to open a domestic violence shelter for women in the Hooper Bay area.

Building renovations began in September. The space was provided by the Sea Lion Corporation and will be staffed 24 hours daily.

Patrick Anderson, the action program organization's CEO, says the shelter will work to address adverse childhood experiences through culturally relevant services.

"Local and statewide partnerships are key to this project's success," said Cathie Clements, the action program organization's community development director. "We are honored to work alongside so many devoted organizations to make this vision a reality and look forward to developing new partnerships as we support community needs."

Additional partners for this project include Emmonak Women’s Shelter, Tundra Women’s Coalition, Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center and the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

According to the Alaska Victimization Survey by the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center, more than four out of 10 women in the Yukon-Kuskokwim area — including Hooper Bay — have experienced intimate partner violence. In 2015, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Injury Prevention and Control found nearly one in five women nationally have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner.

The shelter is scheduled to open its doors in early 2020.

If you are facing threatened or actual domestic violence, please discreetly call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or Abused Women's Aid in Crisis in Anchorage at 907-272-0100.

Correction: An earlier version of this story referenced Rural Alaska Communication Action Program, Inc. This has been corrected.

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