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Harassment and How Women
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- An average of 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States – more than 12 million people over the course of a single year.1
- Nearly 3/10 women (29%) and 1/10 men (10%) in the US have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by a partner and reported it having a related impact on their functioning.1
- Just under 15% of women (14.8%) and 4% of men in the US have been injured as a result of intimate partner violence that included rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner.1
- 1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) aged 18+ in the US have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.1
- Intimate partner violence alone affects more than 12 million people every year.1
- Over 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the US have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.1
- Almost half of all women and men in the US have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime (48.4% and 48.8%, respectively).1
- Women ages 18 to 24 and 25 to 34 generally experience the highest rates of intimate partner violence.1
- From 1994 to 2010, approximately 4 in 5 victims of intimate partner violence were female.
- Most female victims of intimate partner violence were previously victimized by the same offender at rates of 77% for women ages 18 to 24, 76% for ages 25 to 34, and 81% for ages 35 to 49.
- Nearly 1 in 5 women (18.3%) and 1 in 71 men (1.4%) have been raped in their lifetime.
- Nearly 1 in 10 women (9.4%) in the US have been raped by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
- 81% of women who experienced rape, stalking, or physical violence from an intimate partner reported significant impacts (short-term or long-term) like injuries or symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
- 35% of men reported the same significant impacts from experiences of rape, stalking, or physical violence from an intimate partner.
- More than half (51.1%) of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner; 40.8% reported being raped by an acquaintance.
- For male victims, 52.4% reported being raped by an acquaintance; 15.1% reported being raped by a stranger.
- Estimates suggest 13% of women and 6% of men will experience sexual coercion (unwanted sexual penetration after being pressured in a non-physical way) in their lifetime; 27.2% of women and 11.7% of men experience unwanted sexual contact.
- 1 in 6 women (16.2%) and 1 in 19 men (5.2%) in the US have been a victim of stalking at some point during their lifetime in which they felt fearful or believed that they (or someone close to them) would be harmed or killed.
- Two-thirds (66.2%) of female stalking victims were stalked by current or former intimate partners.
- Men who were stalked were primarily stalked by partners (41.4%) or acquaintances (40%).
- The most common stalking tactic experienced by both female (78.8%) and male (75.9%) victims of stalking was repeated unwanted phone calls, voice, or text messages.
- Estimates suggest 10.7% of women and 2.1% of men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime.
Children, Teens, & Young Adults
- Children witnessed violence in nearly 1 in 4 (22%) intimate partner violence cases filed in state courts.
- 30% to 60% of intimate partner violence perpetrators also abuse children in the household.
- 40% of child abuse victims also report experiencing domestic violence.
- One study found that children exposed to violence in the home were 15 times more likely to be physically and/or sexually assaulted than the national average.
- According to the US Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect, domestic violence may be the single major precursor to fatalities from child abuse and neglect in the US.
- 9.4% of high school students reported being hit, slapped, or physically hurt intentionally by their partner in the previous 12 months.
- Approximately 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men who experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age.
- More than a quarter (28%) of male victims of completed rape were first raped when they were 10 years old or younger.
- Approximately 35% of women who were raped as minors were also raped as adults, compared to 14% of women without an early rape history.
- The majority (79.6%) of female victims of completed rape experienced their first rape before the age of 25; 42.2% experienced their first completed rape before the age of 18.
- 1 in 10 high school students has experienced physical violence from a dating partner in the past year.
- Most female (69%) and male (53%) victims of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner had their first experience with intimate partner violence before the age of 25.
- 43% of dating college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors including physical, sexual, digital, verbal, or other controlling abuse.
- Nearly 1 in 3 college women (29%) say they’ve been in an abusive dating relationship.
- 52% of college women report knowing a friend who’s experienced violent and abusive dating behaviors including physical, sexual, digital, verbal, or other controlling abuse.
- 57% of college students who report experiencing dating violence and abuse said it occurred in college.
- 58% of college students say they don’t know what to do to help someone who is a victim of dating abuse.
- 38% of college students say they don’t know how to get help for themselves if they experience dating abuse as a victim.
- Over half of all college students (57%) say it’s difficult to identify dating abuse.
- 36% of dating college students have given a dating partner their computer, email, or social media passwords; these students are more likely to experience digital dating abuse.
- 1 in 5 college women has been verbally abused by a dating partner.
- 1 in 6 college women (16%) has been sexually abused in a dating relationship.
- Victims of digital abuse and harassment are twice as likely to be physically abused, twice as likely to be psychologically abused, and 5 times as likely to be sexually coerced.
- Almost 1 in 10 teens in relationships reports having a partner tamper with their social media account, which constitutes the most frequent form of harassment or abuse.
- Just 1 in 5 victims say they experienced digital abuse or harassment at school during school hours; most takes places away from school grounds.
- Approximately 84% of victims are psychologically abused by their partners; half are physically abused and one third experiences sexual coercion.
- Only 4% of victims experience only digital abuse or harassment. Social media, texts, and emails provide abusive partners with just another tool to cause harm.
- Current or former intimate partners accounted for nearly 33% of women killed in the US workplaces between 2003 and 2008.2
- In 2005, nearly 1 in 4 large private industry establishments reported at least one instance of domestic violence, including threats and assaults.
- Over 70% of US workplaces don’t have a formal program or policy to address workplace violence.
- Domestic violence issues lead to nearly 8 million lost days of paid work each year, the equivalent of over 32,000 full-time jobs.
- Women in the US are 11 times more likely to be killed with guns than women in other high-income countries.3
- Female intimate partners are more likely to be killed with a firearm than all other means combined.
- The presence of a gun in domestic violence situations increases the risk of homicide for women by 500%. More than half of women killed by gun violence are killed by family members or intimate partners.4
- Black, M.C., K.C. Basile, M.J. Breiding, S.G. Smith, M.L. Walters, M.T. Merrick, J. Chan, and M.R. Stevens. 2011. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Summary Report. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC, Atlanta, GA, USA.
- Tiesman, H.M., K.K. Gurka, S. Konda, J.H. Coben, and H.E. Amandus. 2012. Workplace homicides among U.S. women: The role of intimate partner violence. Annals of Epidemiology 22(4):277-284.
- Richardson, E.G. and D. Hemenway. 2011. Homicide, suicide, and unintentional firearm fatality: Comparing the United States with other high-income countries, 2003. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery 70(1):238-243.
- Campbell, J.C., D. Webster, J. Koziol-McLain, C. Block, D. Campbell, M.A. Curry, F. Gary, N. Glass, J. McFarlane, C. Sachs, P. Sharps, Y. Ulrich, S.A. Wilt, J. Manganello, X. Xu, J. Schollenberger, V. Frye, and K. Laughon. 2003. Risk factors for femicide in abusive relationships: Results from a multisite case control study. Am. J. of Public Health 93(7):1089-1097.