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Family Violence - Facts and Figures

  • According to results of 2011 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (as presented in Prevalence and Characteristics of Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence Victimization – National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, United States, 2011, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, September 2014):

    • The lifetime and 12-month prevalences of rape by an intimate partner for women were an estimated 8.8% and 0.8%, respectively; an estimated 0.5% of men experienced rape by an intimate partner during their lifetimes, although the case count for men reporting rape by an intimate partner in the preceding 12 months was too small to produce a statistically reliable prevalence estimate.
    • An estimated 15.8% of women and 9.5% of men experienced other forms of sexual violence by an intimate partner during their lifetimes, whereas an estimated 2.1% of both men and women experienced these forms of sexual violence by a partner in the 12 months before taking the survey.
    • Among female stalking victims, an estimated 60.8% were stalked by a current or former intimate partner and an estimated 6.2% were stalked by a family member. Among male stalking victims, an estimated 43.5% were stalked by an intimate partner and an estimated 9.9% by a family member.
  • 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).