Stronger, Safer Relationships

Located in Lingít Aaní, the ancestral home of the A'akw Kwáan.
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Kaasei Totem Plaza Campaign!

We all know victims, survivors, and Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women.  We are all impacted by interpersonal violence. AWARE, in partnership with the Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, feel that it’s time to tell the story of healing. We will be raising a Healing Totem Pole, carved by Tlingit Master Carver Wayne Price (left) of Haines.  The totem pole tells the story of a mother, daughter, and small child on their healing path as they overcome domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. The area surrounding the totem pole, which will include Eagle & Raven painted screens, will be developed into a plaza at Twin Lakes, across from AWARE’s Kaasei supportive transitional housing.

The Healing Totem Pole is a testament to the power of love and cultural supports, and the intrinsic strength of our people. Your donation will be used to construct the plaza and raise the painted screens and totem pole, which is estimated to cost $200,000. 

Will you help bring hope, healing, & peace to survivors, victims’ families, and their loved ones, as well as help to keep us all in safer, stronger relationships?

What Does AWARE Do?

AWARE works to prevent violence and support people who have experienced domestic & sexual violence. We serve the communities of Elfin Cove, Gustavus, Haines, Hoonah, Juneau, Klukwan, Pelican, Skagway, Tenakee, and Yakutat.

AWARE's FY20 Annual Report

Root Causes of Gender Violence

Domestic violence and sexual assault are societal problems with tragic personal consequences. Gender-based violence is fundamentally about power and control, often men abusing the women and children in their lives. Safety from abuse requires support. Finding safety is more challenging for people who also experience racism, homophobia, historical trauma, or discrimination. We cannot end gender-based violence without uplifting diverse voices and working to change these systems of oppression.

Safety & Stability

Every survivor deserves an advocate and a support network. AWARE provides a range of services for people who have experienced domestic violence or sexual assault. We offer a crisis line, a gender-inclusive emergency shelter, advocates, legal assistance, support groups, healthy relationship classes, and transitional housing. We have a 24/7 rapid response team to meet people at the hospital. We support people who have experienced violence in moving toward stronger, safer relationships – whatever that looks like for them. Our services are free and confidential, and everyone who contacts AWARE chooses the services that are right for them. Click here to learn more!


AWARE knows that each family is unique. We honor families, including extended families, single parents, LGBTQ2+ families and chosen families. We’re here to help you build stronger, safer relationships. Whether you choose to leave or stay, or need resources for a loved one, we’re here to help you build stronger, safer relationships. To prevent violence and promote healing, we provide a spectrum of services including education, support groups, counseling, and leadership opportunities for youth. We offer the Men at Work group for men who want to take responsibility for changing their abusive behavior. We know that strengthening connections between safe family members can be one of the most effective paths to wellness. Click here to learn more!

Community Partnerships & Advocacy

Creating a movement for gender and racial equity while building a network of support means working with tribal organizations, community groups, agencies, and individual allies. By building upon our histories and deepening our connections, we are able to co-create innovative local strategies for safety, equity, and healthy relationships. A connected community is a resilient community.

Men's Engagement & Accountability

AWARE works with men who have experienced violence and want to heal, who use violence and want to change, and who aspire to stand with AWARE in ending men’s violence across our community. Men’s violence hurts the women & children in their lives, other men, and themselves. AWARE supports men in teaching healthy concepts of masculinity. Healing and transformation occur through taking responsibility. There is hope for change and each of us has a role to play.

Equity in Practice

AWARE is based in Juneau on the traditional land of the Auk Kwáan and we honor that connection with our commitment to equity. We strive to respect tribal sovereignty and indigenous ways of knowing. We aspire to deepen our practice of equity each day in our work with survivors, community partners, and colleagues. In order to achieve community-wide transformation, we must start within. We believe it is within all of us to find a good way forward.  



We envision a safe, equitable, and inclusive community built on healthy relationships, sustained through education and advocacy. 


Our mission is to provide safe shelter and supportive services for survivors of domestic or sexual violence; and to effect the social, political, and legal changes needed to eliminate oppression, gender violence, and violence against children. 

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AWARE is open! Find out what we’re doing to support the health of our participants and staff.

You have a right to be safe.

All Genders Welcome

All genders are welcome in the AWARE shelter and survivor services are gender-inclusive. Click below to learn more.

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Haa Tóoch Lichéesh

We believe it is possible

The Haa Tóoch Lichéesh Coalition addresses important social justice issues within our community and works to transform individual, institutional, and systemic inequities needed to eliminate oppression and gender-based violence.

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Girls on the Run

At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.

Boys Run I toowú klatseen

Boys Run I toowú klatseen envisions boys and men possessing “strength of spirit.” Through our ten-week program – composed of running, discussion, and culturally based activities that honor Southeast Alaska traditional values – participants will gain the skills they need to build healthy relationships and create a community of respect for self and others.

Supporting survivors for 40+ years!

Nights of safe shelter provided in 2019

Meals provided in 2019

Hospital Response Team callouts


All of AWARE’s services are confidential and free of charge. Help us continue to serve the community by making a donation today!

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Mail your check to:

PO Box 20809, Juneau, AK 99802

Our Tax ID# (EIN) is: 92-0064944. AWARE is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law.

Wish List & Needs

We gratefully accept donations of items that are frequently needed! As our storage space is limited, please click below to see the current wish list, which is updated quarterly. Thank you for thinking of AWARE!


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PO Box 20809
Juneau, AK 99802

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