DOJ asks Supreme Court to hear Indian domestic violence case
The Obama administration is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a domestic violence case that is generating interest across Indian Country.
American Indian and Alaska Native women already face high rates of violence in their communities. Unless the high court takes action, the Department of Justice is warning that they could be terrorized even more by repeat offenders.
"Domestic violence against Indians is a pressing problem of alarming magnitude," Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. wrote in a petition to the court. "More than forty percent of Indians have been victims of physical violence, rape, or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetimes."