truths

one billion women alive today have experienced abuse and violence.

  • nearly one in four women in the united states reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend at some point in her life (1).
  • the united nations development fund for women estimates that at least one in every three women globally (one billion women) will be abused during her lifetime. in most cases, the abuser is a member of her own family (2).
  • women are much more likely than men to be victimized by a current or former intimate partner (3). women are 84 percent of spouse abuse victims and 86 percent of victims of abuse at the hands of a boyfriend or girlfriend, and about three-fourths of the persons who commit family violence are male (4).
  • women of all ages are at risk for domestic and sexual violence, and those age 20 to 24 are at the greatest risk of experiencing non-fatal intimate partner violence (5).

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(footnotes)

1. adverse health conditions and health risk behaviors associated with intimate partner violence, morbidity and mortality weekly report. february 2008. centers for disease control and prevention. available at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/wk/mm5705.pdf
2. united nations development fund for women. 2003. not a minute more: ending violence against women. available at http://www.unifem.org/resources/item_detail.php?productid=7
3. national crime victimization survey: criminal victimization, 2007, 2008. u.s. department of justice, bureau of justice statistics. available at http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/cv08.pdf
4. family violence statistics: including statistics on strangers and acquaintances. 2005. u.s. department of justice, bureau of justice statistics. available at http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/fvs02.pdf
5. catalano, shannan. 2007. intimate partner violence in the united states. u.s. department of justice, bureau of justice statistics. available at http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/ipvus.pdf