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National Intimate Partner & Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS)

Sexual violence is a major public health concern. Through research, education, and the sharing of ideas, we are learning more about this problem and using our knowledge to inform and strengthen prevention strategies.

One example of this work is the CDC’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). This valuable resource is the first, ongoing public health survey that examines intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual violence among adults aged 18 and older in the United States.

Data from NISVS help us to understand the prevalence and characteristics of these forms of violence; who is most at risk; the patterns and impact of the violence experienced; and the health consequences. This information helps communities raise awareness about the problem, identify potential prevention strategies, and track progress over time.

To learn more about NISVS and to access recent findings, visit CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention website.

Read the 2011 report.

Download an overview of the 2010 findings.