Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is a multifaceted public health issue that has gained much attention in the past few weeks, especially as the National Football League addresses some of its players’ violence charges.
The issue, of course, is not about football or football players. The bigger issue is that domestic violence affects one in every four women — according to statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The group notes that 1.3 million women are victims of assault by an intimate partner each year; 85 percent of all domestic violence victims are women; and the women at greatest risk of non-fatal intimate partner violence are between 20 and 24 years of age.
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By the Numbers
| 3 in 10 women
1 in 10 men
in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner and reported at least one impact related to experiencing these or other forms of violent behavior in the relationship (e.g., being fearful, concerned for safety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, need for health care, injury, contacting a crisis hotline, need for housing services, need for victim’s advocate services, need for legal services, missed at least one day of work or school).
| 24 people per minute
are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States.
That is more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year.
Roundtable on Intimate Partner Violence
| Among victims of intimate partner violence
1 in 3 women
experienced multiple forms of rape, stalking, or physical violence.
| 1 in 4 women
1 in 7 men
have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner (e.g., hit with a fist or something hard, beaten, slammed against something) at some point in their lifetime.
| 1 in 10 women (9.4%)
Have been raped by an intimate partner in the United States in her lifetime.
| An estimated 16.9% of women
8.0% of men
Have experienced sexual violence other than rape by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.
Nearly 50% of all
women and men
in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime in the United States.
| 3 women are killed daily in America from IPV incidents.
| These numbers underestimate the problem. Many victims do not report IPV to police, friends, or family. Victims may think others will not believe them or that the police