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Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2010

NCJ Number
Date Published
November 2012
17 pages
Shannan M. Catalano, Ph.D.
Publication Series
This Bureau of Justice Statistics special report investigates intimate partner violence trends between 1994 and 2010.
This report examines trends in nonfatal intimate partner violence which includes rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault committed by an offender who was the victim's current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend. Results indicate that from 1994 to 2010, the overall rate of intimate partner violence in the United States declined by 64 percent; intimate partner violence declined by more than 60 percent for both males and females; about 4 in 5 victims of intimate partner violence were female; females ages 18 to 24 and 25 to 34 generally experienced the highest rates of intimate partner violence; compared to every other age group, a smaller percentage of female victims ages 12 to 17 were previously victimized by the same offender; the rate of intimate partner violence for Hispanic females declined 78 percent; and females living in households comprised of 1 female adult with children experienced intimate partner violence at a rate more than 10 times higher than households with married adults with children and 6 times higher than households with 1 female only. Data were developed from the Bureau of Justice Statistics' National Crime Victimization Survey, which annually collects information on nonfatal victimizations reported and not reported to the police against persons age 12 or older from a nationally representative sample of U.S. households. Figures, table, and appendixes

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