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Prevalence and Characteristics of Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence Victimization

Sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence are public health problems that impact all of us, and it’s happening in neighborhoods and communities across the country.

On average:

  • 20 people per minute are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner
  • Nearly 2 million are raped in a year
  • More than 7 million women and men are victims of stalking in a year

Before implementation of the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) in 2010, the most recent national data on the burden from these forms of violence were obtained from the National Violence against Women Survey conducted during 1995–1996.

This report – presented as a CDC MMWR Surveillance Summary – examines sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence victimization using data from 2011, including:

  • Overall prevalence of these forms of violence
  • Racial/ethnic variation in prevalence
  • How types of perpetrators vary by violence type
  • Age at which victimization typically begins

You can read the entire report here; to learn more about CDC’s prevention efforts, visit the Division of Violence Prevention website.