IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Family Violence - Facts and Figures
- A National Institute of Justice-sponsored study found that more than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime (The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2010 Summary Report, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011).
- In 2004, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program conducted a study on violence among family members and intimate partners (Crime in the United States, 2003, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2004). Findings from this study include:
- 1,551,143 incidents of family violence were reported to NIBRS between 1996 and 2001.
- Of the 1,551,143 incidents of family violence, the most prevalent relationship was boyfriend/girlfriend (29.6 percent) followed by spouse (24.4 percent).
- 20,955 elderly relatives were the victims of simple assault between 1996 and 2001.
- In 2001, 79,972 incidents of family violence involved substance abuse.
- From 1996-2001, the age group with the most number of victims (1,160,300) was 18-65.
- Results from the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence as presented in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Children's Exposure to Violence: A Comprehensive National Survey bulletin (October 2009) show that of children surveyed:
- 9.8% reported witnessing a family assault within the past year
- 10.2% reported suffering some form of maltreatment (including physical abuse other than sexual assault, psychological or emotional abuse, child neglect, and custodial interference) during the past year
During fiscal year 2012, 51 states reported 678,810 (unique count) victims of child abuse and neglect. The unique count of child victims tallies a child only once regardless of the number of times he or she was found to be a victim during the reporting year. Approximately 80% of victims were maltreated by a parent (Child Maltreatment 2012, Administration for Children and Families, December 2013).
- A study of elder abuse cases from the national incident-based reporting system (NIBRS) for the years 2000 to 2005 found 87,422 incidents involving a single victim and a single perpetrator. Among the perpetrators, 24% were children of the victim, 20% were spouses, and 12% were other family members (National Victim Assistance Academy Resource Paper: Elder Abuse, Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center, September 2012).