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Prevalence of DV

  • As of 2010, approximately 42,420,000 women in the United States (or 35.6% of American women) and 32,280,000 men in the United States (or 28.5% of American men) had experienced rape, physical assault, or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Centers for Disease Control, National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 2010.
  • As of 2010, approximately 129,000 women in Rhode Island (or 29.9% of Rhode Island women) and 76,000 men in Rhode Island (or 19.3% of Rhode Island men) had experienced rape, physical assault, or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Centers for Disease Control, National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 2010.
  • Approximately 1.5 million women are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States. Since many women experience multiple victimizations every year, an estimated 5.9 million physical assaults are perpetrated against U.S. women annually.
    National Institute of Justice & Center for Disease Control, National Violence Against Women Survey, 1998.
  • Nationally, a third of female murder victims were killed by an intimate partner, a proportion which has been steadily rising since 1995. By comparison, only 2.5% of male murder victims had been killed by an intimate partner.
    U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Homicide Trends in the U.S.:  Intimate Homicide, 2007.
  • In the United States, a woman is victimized by an intimate partner every 1.3 minutes and a man is victimized every 6.7 minutes. Each day, more than three women in the United States are murdered by male intimate partners.
    US Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, Crime Clock, 2008.
    U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Violence by Intimates, 2000.
  • The rate of reporting non-fatal domestic violence has increased by approximately 10% since 1994. Currently, male victims are slightly more likely to report violence perpetrated against them than female victims.
    U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S., 2007.
  • Women are more likely to be victims of homicide when they separate from their husbands. 65% of intimate homicide victims had physically separated from the perpetrator prior to their death.
    Florida Governor’s Task Force on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Florida Mortality Review Project, p.47, 1997.
  • It is estimated that approximately 25% of people in same-sex relationships experience violence by an intimate partner.
    The Network for Battered Lesbians & the Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project, 2000.
  • According to the American Medical Association, injuries sustained from domestic violence account for 22%-35% of visits by women to emergency rooms annually. 
    Violence Against Women, Vol. 6, No. 5, p.534, May 2000.
  • Over two thirds of nonfatal domestic violence incidents occur in or around the victim’s home and, unlike popular myth, only 42% of these incidents occurred when the offender was under the in? uence of alcohol or drugs.
    U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S., 2007.
 
RICADV, 2009
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