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Domestic Violence

Definition: Domestic violence involves violence or abuse by one person against another in a domestic setting, including marriage or cohabitation.

Domestic violence is most commonly thought of as intimate partner violence, but can also include violence or abuse from a family member or roommate.

Description

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the term “intimate partner violence” includes the following acts as inflicted or caused by a current or former intimate partner:

  • Physical violence
  • Sexual violence
  • Stalking
  • Psychological aggression including coercive acts

Examples of intimate partners can include:

  • Current or former spouses
  • Boyfriends or girlfriends
  • Dating partners
  • Sexual partners

Domestic violence can occur between heterosexual and same-sex couples.



Statistics and Facts

Domestic Violence by an Intimate Partner Statistics

  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. (CDC, 2010)
  • 1 in 10 women in the United States will be raped by an intimate partner in her lifetime. (CDC, 2010)
  • Approximately 16.9% of women and 8.0% of men will experience sexual violence other than rape by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime. (CDC, 2010)
  • An estimated 10.7% of women and 2.1% of men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime. (CDC, 2010)
  • Nearly half of all women and men in the United States will experience psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime. (CDC, 2010)
  • Over half of female and male victims of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner experienced some form of intimate partner violence for the first time before 25 years of age. (CDC, 2010)

Impact of Violence by an Intimate Partner

  • 3 in 10 women and 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 (CDC, 2010)

Violence Experienced by Race/Ethnicity

  • 4 in 10 women of non-Hispanic Black or American Indian or Alaska Native race/ethnicity and 1 in 2 multiracial non-Hispanic women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. (CDC, 2010)

Domestic Violence and Sexual Orientation

  • 2 in 5 lesbian women, 3 in 5 bisexual women, and 1 in 3 heterosexual women will experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 4 gay men, 1 in 3 bisexual men, and 3 in 10 heterosexual men will experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 5 bisexual women and 1 in 10 heterosexual women will be raped by an intimate partner in their lifetime. (CDC, 2010)

NYC Intimate Partner Violence PV Homicide

  • Intimate partner homicide accounts for 1 in 2 of all NYC family-related homicides. (NYC DV Fatality Review Committee, 2014)

Intimate Partner Violence Infographics (National and Safe Horizon): 

Highlights key findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey from CDC (hi-res available for web with link below)

Lang Study Abuse Infographic HuffPost: see page below (hi-res available)

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