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Women age 12 or older annually sustained almost 5 million violent victimizations in 1992 and 1993. About 75% of all lone-offender violence against women and 45% of
violence involving multiple-offenders was perpetrated by offenders whom the victim knew. In 29% of all violence against women by a lone offender, the perpetrator was an intimate (husband, ex-husband, boyfriend, or ex-boyfriend).
Women were about 6 times more likely than men to experience violence committed by an intimate.
Women annually reported about 500,000 rapes and sexual assaults to interviewers. Friends or acquaintances of the victims committed over half of these rapes or sexual assaults. Strangers were responsible for about 1 in 5.
Women of all races and Hispanic and non-Hispanic women were about equally vulnerable to violence by an intimate.
Women age 19 to 29 and women in families with incomes below $10,000 were more likely than other women to be victims of violence by an intimate.
Among victims of violence committed by an intimate, the victimization rate of women separated from their husbands was about 3 times higher than that of divorced women and about 25 times higher than that of married women. Because the NCVS reflects a respondent's marital status at the time of the interview, which is up to 6 months after the incident, it is possible that separation or divorce followed the violence.
Female victims of violence by an intimate were more often injured by the violence than females victimized by a stranger.
Source for all of above: Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Crime Victimization Survey, August 1995
Read the full report on the above here, http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/femvied.pdf
It is estimated that 503,485 women are stalked by an intimate partner each year in the United States.
Source: National Institute of Justice, July 2000
Over two-thirds of violent victimizations against women were committed by someone known to them: 31% of female victims reported that the offender was a stranger. Approximately 28% were intimates such as husbands or boyfriends, 35% were acquaintances, and the remaining 5% were other relatives. (In contrast, victimizations by intimates and other relatives accounted for only 5% of all violent victimizations against men. Men were significantly more likely to have been victimized by acquaintances (50%) or strangers (44%) than by intimates or other relatives.)
Source: U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, “Violence Against Women: A National Crime Victimization Survey Report, January 1994” (p. 1)
Nearly one-third of American women (31 percent) report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives.
Source: Commonwealth Fund survey, 1998
Females accounted for 39% of the hospital emergency department visits for violence-related injuries in 1994 but 84% of the persons treated for injuries inflicted by intimates.
Source: “Violence by Intimates: Analysis on Data on Crimes by Current or Former Spouses, Boyfriends, and Girlfriends, U.S. Department of Justice, March 1998”
In 92% of all domestic violence incidents, crimes are committed by men against women.
Source: "Violence Against Women", Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, January, 1994.
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