Facts & Stats

Below you’ll find statistical information from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey released by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Domestic Violence and Dating Violence 

1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced domestic violence (defined as physical violence, rape, and/or stalking by a current or former intimate partner, such as a spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend) in their lifetimes. 

1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend.

1 in 5 women and 1 in 22 men experienced domestic violence that made them concerned for their safety.  

1 in 4 women and 1 in 20 men experienced domestic violence that made them afraid.  

360% more women than men had experienced a threat to hurt someone they loved and 250% more women than men report that their partners carried out that threat.  Threats to harm loved ones and carrying out such threats are both indicators of potentially lethal abuse.

Nearly half of all American Indian or Alaska Native women have been physically assaulted, raped, or stalked by an intimate partner, and more than 1 in 4 have been raped.   

Women are much more likely than men to have been slammed against something, choked or suffocated, and beaten. 

Nearly 4 times more women experienced injury-causing domestic violence, and nearly 5 times more women needed medical care.

Sexual Assault 

One in six women were raped before the age of 25; 42% of female rape victims were first raped before the age of 18.  

More than one quarter of male victims were raped before the age of 11. 

Nearly 70% of female victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner first experienced dating violence before the age of 25. 

1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men have been raped.  Half of all women have experienced other types of sexual violence.

More than 13 times more women than men have been raped.  


Nearly one in six women has experienced stalking so severe that she felt very fearful or believed that she or someone close to her would be harmed or killed. 

One in 19 men have experienced the same level of stalking.  

Women were particularly likely to be stalked by a current or former intimate partner.

1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men have been stalked.