There was no statistically significant difference in the prevalence of any domestic violence between men and women aged 16 to 74 years in the fiscal year ending March 2019 and the fiscal year ending March 2018. The overall age-adjusted rate of intimate partner violence for all sexes combined was 3.4 per 100 people, as estimated by Census Bureau statistics.
The rate of intimate partner violence among women increased with age from 2 per 100 women aged 16 to 24 to over 10 per 100 women aged 60 to 64. Among men, there was little change in the rate of intimate partner violence across age groups.
The rate of intimate partner violence varies by ethnicity. Black women were about twice as likely as white women to experience intimate partner violence during their lifetime (20.7 vs. 9.3%). Similarly, Hispanic women had a higher rate of intimate partner violence than did white women (9.5 vs. 9.3%). Rates were highest among Asian/Pacific Island women (14.1%). There was not enough data to calculate rates by income or occupation.
Domestic violence occurs in relationships of all types and levels of intimacy. Intimate partners can be current or former spouses, boyfriends or girlfriends. They can also be people who have lived together but are not married. Women are more likely to be abused by current or former husbands or wives.
The English and Welsh Crime Survey According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW), an estimated 2.3 million individuals aged 16 to 74 years suffered domestic violence in the previous year. This amounts to a prevalence rate of about 5 per 100 individuals (Figure 1). The CSEW found that women are affected by domestic violence at much higher rates than men: 8 per 100 women versus 2 per 100 men.
In addition, the CSEW reported that 10% of women and 4% of men have been physically attacked by their partner during their lifetime. These figures include both those who have experienced physical assault as well as those who have been threatened with violence. They also include those who have not sought help from the police or other agencies because they believe it will not be taken seriously or that nothing can be done to stop the violence.
Finally, the CSEW reported that one in five women and one in six men have been raped by an intimate partner. This means that more than 1 in 20 individuals has been victimized by domestic violence in their life time.
These statistics show that domestic violence is a very common crime and affects many people. It is important that everyone knows how to recognize signs of abuse and what to do if you are being abused.
According to a report issued last year by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, nonfatal domestic violence events have decreased by 63 percent since 1994, from 13.5 victimizations per 1,000 persons over the age of 12 in 1994 to 5 victimizations per 1,000 individuals in 2012.
The figures are much more concerning. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Abuse, one in every three women and one in every four males has been the victim of violence from an intimate partner at some point in their lives. Throughout history, there have been several social and cultural shifts.
Domestic abuse affects around 10 million men and women in the United States each year. It has a far-reaching impact: More than one in every three women (35.6%) and one in every four men (28.5%) in the United States report having been raped, physically abused, or stalked by an intimate partner at some point in their lives. Abuse can include physical violence, sexual violence, emotional abuse, and stalking.
The numbers are hard to grasp. It is estimated that between 20% and 50% of all married women have been beaten by their husbands. How many more go unreported? A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 1 in 4 women will be assaulted by an intimate partner during her life. This means that we are talking about 30 million women in our country who experience domestic violence.
This is also a problem that impacts people of all races, religions, incomes, ages, etc. Domestic violence is a serious issue that needs to be addressed through education and awareness campaigns as well as preventive measures such as increased police patrols in affected communities. There should also be efforts to remove guns from abusive homes.
Finally, domestic violence is a crime. If you are a victim of domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224.