United States: Study Released on Prevalence of Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner Violence
Thursday, December 15, 2011 11:40 AM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, released the results of a National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey on December 14, 2011. This is the first survey in a planned series to track trends of lifetime experiences with violence. Key findings include:


  • Nearly 1 in 5 US women report being raped in their lifetime, and of these, more than half were raped by an intimate partner. 30% were raped between the ages of 11 and 17 years.


  • Approximately one in four US women experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner.


  • One in 6 US women report being victims of stalking where they felt very fearful of harm or death. Two-thirds of these were stalked by a current or former intimate partner.


The report noted that sexual and physical violence causes chronic negative health consequences and called for an increase in services to victims and more focus on prevention.


For a copy of the full report, click here.

For an executive summary, click here.

For a fact sheet, click here.

For a Communications Toolkit, click here.


Compiled from: Lloyd, Janice, "CDC Study Shows 'Widespread' Sexual Violence in U.S.," USA TODAY (15 December 2011).