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Domestic Violence

Each year, 1,500,000 women and 835,000 men in the United States are raped or physically assaulted by an intimate partner. (National Institute of Justice (NIJ. 2000. Extent, Nature and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice.)

Because the number of victimizations far exceeds the number of victims, it is estimated that in the United States, there are 4.8 million intimate partner rapes and physical assaults against women annually and 2.9 million intimate partner physical assaults against men annually. (Ibid.)

Among women who report having been raped, physically assaulted, or stalked since they were 18 years old, 60 percent were victimized by a husband, co-habiting partner, a boyfriend, or a date. (Ibid.)

Approximately 503,000 women and 186,000 men in the United States are stalked annually by a current or former intimate partner. (Ibid.)

More than 500,000 women have injuries requiring medical treatment each year that were inflicted upon them by intimate partners. (Ibid.)

The direct costs of medical treatment for battered women annually are estimated at 1.8 billion. (Wisner, C., Gilmer,T., Saltman, L., Zink,T. "Intimate partner violence against women: do victims cost health plans more?" Journal of Family Practice, 1999: 48(6.)

Each year, over 324,000 pregnant women are victims of intimate partner violence in the United States. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC. 2002. Safe Motherhood: Promoting Health for Women Before, During and After Pregnancy, 2002. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.)

Of all murder victims, 11 percent were killed by an intimate. Of all intimate murder victims, 74 percent were female. Of all female murder victims, about 30 percent were killed by an intimate. (Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS. November, 2001. Intimate Partner Violence and Age of Victim 1993-1999. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice.)

Thirty-two percent of all the females between the ages of 20 and 24 murdered between 1993 and 1999 were victims of an intimate partner. (Ibid.)

Since 1976, intimate partners have been responsible for 30 percent of all the female homicides recorded annually. (Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). May 2000. Intimate Partner Violence. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice.)

Children under the age of 12 resided in 43 percent of the households in which domestic violence was reported between 1993 and 1998. (Ibid.)

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs' (NCAVP data collection for same sex domestic violence in 2001 reported 5046 incidents. Forty-three percent of the reported incidents involved females, 49 percent involved males, and the remainder were of unspecified gender.(Baum, R. and Moore, K. 2002. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Domestic Violence in 2001. New York. National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs.)

The American Psychological Association (APA estimates nearly one in three adult women experience at least one physical assault by an intimate partner during adulthood. APA estimates that 4 million women experience a serious assault by an intimate partner during any 12 month period. (American Psychological Association. 1996. Violence and the Family: Report of the American Psychological Association President's Task Force on Violence and the Family. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association)

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National Crime Victims' Rights Week: Fulfill the Promise April 6–12, 2003