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National Statistics:

A national study found that 29% of women and 22% of men had experienced physical, sexual, or psychological IPV during their lifetime .  Coker AL, Davis KE, Arias I, Desai S, Sanderson M, Brandt HM, et al. Physical and mental health   effects of  intimate partner violence for men and women. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2002;23(4):260.

Estimates say almost 1 million incidents of violence occur against a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend per year. The Commonwealth Fund, Health Concerns Across a Woman’s Lifespan: 1998 Survey of Women’s Health, May 1999.


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Statistics Concerning Women:

1 out of 3 women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime.  Silverman, Jay G., Raj, Anita, and Clements, Karen. “Dating Violence Against Adolescent Girls and Associated Substance Use, Unhealthy Weight Control, Sexual Risk Behavior, Pregnancy, and Suicidality.” Pediatrics, August 2004.

In 2000, 1,247 women were killed by an intimate partner. The same year, 440 men were killed by an intimate partner. Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief, Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2001, February 2003

Annually in the United States, 503,485 women are stalked by an intimate partner.Patricia Tjaden and Nancy Thoennes, Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence, National Institute of Justice, 2000

Of the women between the ages 15-19 murdered each year, 30% are killed by their husband or boyfriend. (City of New York, Teen Relationship Abuse Fact Sheet, March 1998)

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World Health Organization
Department of Justice
Department of Justice's Violence Against Women Office
Department of Justice's On-line Resources
Family Violence Prevention Fund
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Statistics Concerning Children:

In 2005, apporoximately 30,000 children were reported abused or neglected and referred for investigation in Colorado. Out of that number, nearly 9,000 cases were substantiated or indicated as abused. Twenty-one percent suffered physical abuse, 46.6% neglect, 1.4% medical neglect, 11.5% sexual abuse, 5% psychological maltreatment and 18% other or unknown.

Boys and girls are equally likely to be abused or neglected.

Approximately 80% of child abuse is perpetrated by a parent or caregiver.

Children under the age of 4 account for 75% of all child abuse deaths.

Neglect occurs more frequently than abuse and can be equally damaging and deadly. 30% of all child fatalities are due to neglect.

Approximately 1,500 abused and neglected children receive intensive, rehabilitative mential health services in residential programs.

The majority of children in residential care have been victims of significant physical or sexual abuse.

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US Department of Health and Human Services
The National Incidence Study (NIS) 
Prevent Child Abuse America
Childhelp USA
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Child Welfare League of America
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Statistics Concerning Men:

First, crime statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice showed that in 1994, 167,000 men were the victims of assault by an intimate partner (Craven, D. (1997). Sex differences in violent victimization, 1994 (Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report No. NCJ-164508). Washington D.C.; U.S. Department of Justice.

Some research has found evidence that men underreport the abuse that they have sustained and inflicted.  M.E. Szinovacz, “Using Couple Data as a Methodological Tool: The Case of Marital Violence,” Journal of Marriage and the Family, 45 (May 1983): 633-644.

11% of male spousal violence victims have reported that they had to take time off work as a result of physical abuse between intimates. Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, 2000: 25.

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Sexual Abuse Statistics:

Sixty-seven percent of all victims of sexual assault reported to the participating law enforcement agencies were juveniles (under the age of 18); 34% of all victims were under age 12.

One of every seven victims of sexual assault reported to the participating law enforcement agencies were under age 6.

Forty percent of the offenders in the incidents reported who victimized children under age 6 were juveniles (under the age of 18).

Statistics provided by US Dept. of Justice, Incident-Based Statsics. Page last revised on March 1, 2007.

In 2000, women made up the vast majority of victims of sexual assault (86%) and other types of sexual offences. (78%). (Statistics Canada, 2001, Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile, 2001)

80% of sexual assaults occur at home; 49% in broad daylight. (Sexual Assault Care Centre, 1999, Myths and Facts About Sexual Assault,  http://www.womenshealth

In cases reported to police, 80% of sexual assault survivors knew their abusers. About 10% were assaulted by a friend and 41% were assaulted by an acquaintance. 28% were assaulted by a family member, while the remaining 20% were assaulted by a stranger. (Statistics Canada, 2003, The Daily, 23 July)

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Statistics Concerning Elder Abuse:

According to a 2004 study done by The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse And The National Adult Protective Services Association…

Self neglect accounts for about 38% of elder abuse. 20% is due to caregiver neglect.  15% is due to financial exploitation.

About 33% of abusers were the children of the victim.  About 22% were other family members of the victim.

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Statistics Concerning Teens:

1 in 3 young adults report knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped, choked or physically hurt by their partner. (Liz Claiborne Inc. study on teen dating abuse conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, February 2005.)

Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend had threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a break-up. (Liz Claiborne Inc. study on teen dating abuse conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, February 2005.)

Nearly 80% of girls who have been physically abused in their intimate relationships continue to date their abuser. (City of New York, Teen Relationship Abuse Fact Sheet, March 1998)

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Statistics Concerning the LGBT Community:

The prevalence of domestic violence among Gay and Lesbian couples is approximately 25 - 33%. It is as common as it is in heterosexual relationships. (Barnes, It's Just a Quarrel', American Bar Association Journal, February 1998, p. 25.)

Each year, between 50,000 and 100,000 Lesbian women and as many as 500,000 Gay men are battered. (Murphy, Queer Justice: Equal Protection for Victims of Same-Sex Domestic Violence, 30 Val. U. L. Rev. 335 (1995).)

While same-sex battering mirrors heterosexual battering both in type and prevalence, its victims receive fewer protections. (Barnes, It's Just a Quarrel', American Bar Association Journal, February 1998, p. 24.)

In a 1988 study of gay and lesbian teens, results showed that the third most frequently reported problem for gay teens was violence. Over 40% of the sample had suffered violence because of their sexual orientation, and 49% of the violence occurred within the family.  (Martin, A. D., & Hetrick, E. A. (1988). The stigmatization of the Gay and Lesbian adolescent. Journal of Homosexuality, 17, 163-183.)

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More recent statistics concerning abuse in LGBT relationships are few and far between because little research is done on the topic.  Abuse is a threat to all communities, so this standard needs to change.  Help AVH in its Abuse Victim Awareness Campaign.  Abuse should NOT be a silent issue for any demographic.


Statistics Concerning the Abuse of Disabled Persons:

People with developmental disabilities are 4 to 10 times more likely to be victims of crime than other people are.  (Sobsey, D., D. Wells, R. Lucardie, and S. Mansell. 1995. Violence and Disability: An Annotated Bibliography. Baltimore, MD. Brookes Publishing.)

More than half of all abuse of people with disabilities is estimated to be perpetrated by family members and peers with disabilities. Disability professionals (i.e., paid or unpaid caregivers, doctors, and nurses) are generally believed responsible for the other half. In addition, approximately 67 percent of perpetrators who abused individuals with severe cognitive disabilities accessed them through their work in disability services. (Sobsey, D. and T. Doe. 1991. “Patterns of sexual abuse and assault.” Journal of Sexuality and Disability, 9(3): 243259.)

Women with disabilities reported experiencing abuse for longer periods of time than women without disabilities; a collective difference of 3.9 years vs. 2.5 years.  Also, the types of abuse experienced by the women with disabilities specifically reported that their abusers sometimes withheld wheelchairs, braces, medications, and denied them transportation or assistance with personal tasks.  (Young, M.E., et al. 1997. “Prevalence of Abuse of Women with Physical Disabilities.” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Special Issue. 78 (12, Suppl. 5) S34S38.)

(Statistics provided VIA the 2006 NCVRW Resource Guide)

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