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Violence Against Women: Estimates From the Redesigned Survey

NCJ Number
154348
Author(s)
R Bachman; L E Saltzman
Date Published
August 1995
Annotation
This report presents the first release of 1992-93 estimates of violence against women that resulted from the new National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).
Abstract
One goal of the redesign of the NCVS was to produce more accurate reporting of incidents of rape and sexual assault and of any kind of crimes committed by intimates or family members. The findings show that women aged 12 or older annually sustained almost 5 million violent victimizations in 1992 and 1993. Approximately 75 percent of all lone-offender violence against women and 45 percent of violence that involved multiple offenders was perpetrated by offenders whom the victim knew. In 29 percent of all violence against women by a lone offender, the perpetrator was an intimate (husband, ex-husband, boyfriend, or ex- boyfriend). Women were approximately six times more likely than men to experience violence committed by an intimate. Women annually reported approximately 500,000 rapes and sexual assaults. Women of all races and Hispanic and non-Hispanic women were about equally vulnerable to violence by an intimate. Women aged 19 to 29 and women in families with incomes below $10,000 were more likely than other women to be victims of violence by an intimate. Among victims of violence committed by an intimate, the victimization rate of women separated from their husbands was approximately three times higher than that of divorced women and approximately 25 times higher than that of married women. Female victims of violence by an intimate were more often injured by the violence than females victimized by a stranger. 8 tables