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STATISTICS ON INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE & SEXUAL ASSAULT

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) offers the following information on the impact of intimate partner violence and sexual assault:​

  • On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. Some studies estimate that intimate partner violence may affect more than 12 million people per year.

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.

  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

  • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.

  • On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.

  • The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.

  • Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.

  • Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.

  • 19% of domestic violence involves a weapon.

  • Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.

  • Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.

  • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States has been raped in their lifetime.

  • Almost half of female (46.7%) and male (44.9%) victims of rape in the United States were raped by an acquaintance. Of these, 45.4% of female rape victims and 29% of male rape victims were raped by an intimate partner.

RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) provides additional information on sexual assault, reporting the following:

  • On average, there are 321,500 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States.

  • Ages 12-34 are the highest risk years for rape and sexual assault.

  • As of 1998, an estimated 17.7 million American women had been victims of attempted or completed rape.

  • As of 1998, 2.78 million men in the U.S. had been victims of attempted or completed rape.

  • 94% of women who are raped experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during the two weeks following the rape.

  • Approximately 70% of rape or sexual assault victims experience moderate to severe distress, a larger percentage than for any other violent crime.

Download and view the following information sheets to learn even more!