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Family Violence - Facts and Figures

  • A National Institute of Justice-sponsored study found that 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 (The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2010 Summary Report, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011).

  • In 2004, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program conducted a study on violence among family members and intimate partners (Crime in the United States, 2003, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2004). Findings from this study include:
    • 1,551,143 incidents of family violence were reported to NIBRS between 1996 and 2001.
    • Of the 1,551,143 incidents of family violence, the most prevalent relationship was boyfriend/girlfriend (29.6 percent) followed by spouse (24.4 percent).
    • 20,955 elderly relatives were the victims of simple assault between 1996 and 2001.
    • In 2001, 79,972 incidents of family violence involved substance abuse.
    • From 1996-2001, the age group with the most number of victims (1,160,300) was 18-65.
  • Results from the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence as presented in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Children's Exposure to Violence: A Comprehensive National Survey bulletin (October 2009) show that of children surveyed:
    • 9.8% reported witnessing a family assault within the past year
    • 10.2% reported suffering some form of maltreatment (including physical abuse other than sexual assault, psychological or emotional abuse, child neglect, and custodial interference) during the past year
  • During fiscal year 2012, 51 states reported 678,810 (unique count) victims of child abuse and neglect. The unique count of child victims tallies a child only once regardless of the number of times he or she was found to be a victim during the reporting year. Approximately 80% of victims were maltreated by a parent (Child Maltreatment 2012, Administration for Children and Families, December 2013).

  • A study of elder abuse cases from the national incident-based reporting system (NIBRS) for the years 2000 to 2005 found 87,422 incidents involving a single victim and a single perpetrator. Among the perpetrators, 24% were children of the victim, 20% were spouses, and 12% were other family members (National Victim Assistance Academy Resource Paper: Elder Abuse, Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center, September 2012).