Statistics - DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & Sexual assault
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence estimates that 1 in 3 women in the US have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime; YET only about 1/4 of all physical assaults, 1/5 of all rapes, and 1/2 of all stalkings perpetuated against females by intimate partners are ever reported to the police. So, while the actual numbers are probably much higher here's what we do know:
Every 9 seconds in the USA a woman is assaulted or beaten (Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS))
Every minute 20 people are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner (CDC National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey)
Approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States (CDC National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey)
More than 3 women are murdered each day by their husbands or boyfriends (Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS))
- Almost 1/3 of female murder victims were killed by an intimate partner (Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Reports “Crime in the United States, 2000,” (2001)
- 1 out of 6 American Women has been the victim of rape in her lifetime (attempted or completed) (National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Prevalence, incidence and consequences of Violence Against Women Survey (1998))
Every 8 minutes a child is sexually assaulted in the United States RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network)
30% to 60% of perpetrators of domestic violence also abused children in the household. (Edelson, J.L. (1999). “The Overlap Between Child Maltreatment and Woman Battering.” Violence Against Women. 5:134-154.)
1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence (US Department of Justice, National Survey of Children's Exposure to violence)
Domestic violence is the 3rd leading cause of homelessness for families (Us Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families)
Domestic violence costs $8.3 billion in expenses annually: a combination of higher medical costs ($5.8 billion) and lost productivity ($2.5 billion) (www.forbes.com/domestic-violence-the-secret-killer-that-costs-8-3-billion-annually)
Only 6 of every 1,000 perpetrators ever go to prison RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network)
SINCE ROUGHLY ONE OUT OF three WOMEN WILL EXPERIENCE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN HER LIFETIME, IT'S LIKELY THAT YOU
(OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE) HAS SURVIVED THIS KIND OF VIOLENCE.
DEFINITION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:
“Domestic violence is about one person getting and keeping power and control over another person in an intimate relationship. It is a pattern of behavior in which one intimate partner uses physical violence, coercion, threats, intimidation, isolation and emotional, sexual or economic abuse to control and change the behavior of the other partner. The abusive person might be your current or former spouse, live-in lover or dating partner.” (WomensLaw.org)
Note: Different states have different laws on what relationship status is required to qualify as an incident of domestic violence. Typically, states recognize domestic violence if the victim and the perpetrator are currently or have been married, living together or have a child together. These state requirements are incomplete, because they do not account for all victims of domestic violence including teen dating violence, non-live in significant others, and violence perpetrated by other relatives.
WHAT IS CATEGORIZED AS ABUSE?
Domestic violence goes beyond physical abuse. The Duluth Model of Power and Control demonstrates the many ways a victim may experience abuse.