Facts & Figures of Interpersonal Violence*

  • Interpersonal crime can affect ANYONE regardless of age, gender, economic status, or religion.
  • Every 2.5 MINUTES someone in the United States is sexually assaulted.
  • Most cases of domestic violence are NEVER REPORTED to law enforcement.
  • Nearly 3 in 10 women (29%) and 1 in 10 men (10%) in the US have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by a partner and report a related impact on their functioning.
  • 1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • 72% of victims are sexually assaulted by someone they know.
  • More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • More than half (51.1%) of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40.8% by an acquaintance.
  • For male victims, more than half (52.4%) reported being raped by an acquaintance, and 15.1% by a stranger.
  • One in 6 women (16.2%) and 1 in 19 men (5.2%) in the United States have experienced stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed (by any perpetrator).
  • Two-thirds (66.2%) of female victims of stalking were stalked by a current or former intimate partner.
  • Men were primarily stalked by an intimate partner or acquaintance (41.4% and 40%, respectively).
  • A child witnessed violence in 22% (nearly 1 in 4) of intimate partner violence cases filed in state courts.
  • 30 to 60% of perpetrators of intimate partner violence also abuse children in the household.
  • Boys who witness domestic violence are TWICE AS LIKELY to become abusers when they reach adulthood.
  • One study in North America found that children who were exposed to violence in the home were 15 times more likely to be physically and/or sexually assaulted than the national average.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, get help now: call the Family Crisis Council’s 24-hour Crisis Line at 704-636-4718.

*Information obtained from www.nccadv.org and www.thehotline.org