Statistics on Intimate Partner Violence

 

Young women between the ages of 16-24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence at about triple the national average. Here are a few statistics:

  • Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner within a year.
  • One in three adolescents in the U.S. experiences physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner which far exceeds rates of all other types of youth violence.
  • One quarter (25%) of high school girls have been victims of physical or sexual abuse.
  • 21% of college students report having experienced domestic violence by a current partner while 32% have experienced dating violence by a previous partner.

Abuse can have both short and long term effects on life including: drop in grades; anxiety; inability to concentrate; lack of interest in future; depression; isolation; helplessness; substance abuse; unsafe sexual behaviors; eating disorders; STIs; illness; homicide; and suicide.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, young women between ages 16-24 are the most at risk of being a victim of sexual assault. Here are a few statistics:

  • More than 52 % of all rape/sexual assault victims were females younger than 25.
  • 61% of all sexual assaults occur before the victim reaches the age of 18.
  • Most sexual assaults take place between people who know each other.
  • 1 in 4 women will be sexually assaulted during their collegiate tenure. 
  • Of college aged women, 90% knew their attacker and 60% happened on dates.
  • 81% of on-campus and 84% of off-campus sexual assaults are not reported to the police.
  • Over 70% of all rapes go unreported.
  • 78 women are raped each hour in America.
  • 1 in 12 male students surveyed had committed acts that met the legal definition of rape.
  • 16 % of male students who had committed rape took part in episodes with more than one attacker’s gang rape.
  • 75 % of male students and 55 % of female students involved in date rape had been drunk or using drugs.
  • 33 % of males surveyed said that they would commit rape if they could escape detection.
  • 25 % of men surveyed believed that rape was acceptable if the woman asks the man out,  the man pays for the date or the woman goes back to the man’s room after the date.
  • 1 in 3 survivors of college-campus sexual assault will drop out of school.
  • Only 2% of all rapists are convicted and imprisoned.

Women do not report a stalking incident because they do not think it is serious enough or worry that the police will not take it seriously. But over one million women are stalked in the US every year. Here are a few statistics:

  • More than half of all stalking victims are between 18-29 years old.
  • Stalking is prevalent on college campuses as 13% of college women have been stalked.
  • Of the 1 million of females stalked a year, 59% of these cases involve an intimate partner.
  • 81%  are physically assault by a current, former husband or cohabitation partner.

Stalking can include dangerous violent acts:

  • 12.3% of victims report being hit, slapped, and/or knocked down by their stalker.
  • 4.2% of stalking victims report being strangled.
  • 3.5% report being chased or dragged with a car.
  • 4%  are attacked with a weapon with 23% of these incidences with the use of handgun.
  • About one‐fifth sustained  broken bones, internal injuries, and knife or gunshot wounds.
  • 76% of women are killed by person stalking them.

 

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