Intimate Partner Violence

Introduction

  • More than one in three women and more than one in four men in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

  • 74 percent of all murder-suicides involved an intimate partner (spouse, common-law spouse, ex-spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend). Of these, 96 percent were women killed by their intimate partners.

  • One in five female high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.

  • Interpersonal violence is the leading cause of female homicides and injury-related deaths during pregnancy.

  • The percentage of women who consider their mental health to be poor is almost three times higher among women with a history of violence than among those without.

  • Women with disabilities have a 40 percent greater risk of intimate partner violence, especially severe violence, than women without disabilities.