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 in 2010 and 2015.

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. 

 

Approximately four out of 10 non-Hispanic Black women, indigenous women, and one in two multi-racial non-Hispanic women have been a victim of physical violencerape, and/or stalking by a partner in their lifetime.

1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe 

physical violence by a current or former spouse or partner.

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.  

 

44% of lesbian women, 61% of bisexual women, and 35% of heterosexual women experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

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 indigenous women have been physically assaulted, raped, or stalked by an intimate partner, and more than 1 in 4 have been raped.

 

25% of gay men, 37% of bisexual men, and 29% of heterosexual men experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. 

 

Women with disability are more likely than women without a disability to report experiencing rape, sexual violence other than rape, physical violence, stalking, psychological aggression, and control of reproductive or sexual health by an intimate partner.

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

Men with a disability are more likely than men without a disability to report experiencing stalking and psychological aggression by an intimate partner.

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.

Statistically, Black women are much more likely to be victims of rape than are white women, and often they are subsequently revictimized by the judicial system.

Women with a disability are at greater risk of experiencing rape than women without a disability.

Men with a disability are at a greater risk for experiencing sexual violence other than rape (e.g. being made to penetrate, sexual coercion, unwanted sexual contact, and noncontact unwanted sexual experiences) than men without disabilities.

Approximately 1 in 5 bisexual women and nearly 1 in 10 heterosexual women have been raped by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Among rape victims, bisexual women experienced rape earlier in life compared with heterosexual women.

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.  


Stalking

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.

 

The rate of stalking among bisexual women is more than double the rate among heterosexual women.

Women are most likely to be stalked by a current or former intimate partner.

1 in 6 women and 1 in 17 men have been stalked.