A survey released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 1 in 4 women in the United States, or 24 per minute, experienced intimate partner violence by either a husband or boyfriend. Moreover, 1 in 5 women stated that they were victims of rape and 1 in 6 of stalking.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius stated, “This landmark report paints a clear picture of the devastating impact these violent acts have on the lives of millions of Americans. The information collected in this ongoing survey will serve as a vital tool in the Administration′s efforts to combat domestic violence and sexual abuse.”
The survey also found that “as many as 29 million women say they have suffered severe and frightening physical violence from a boyfriend, spouse or other intimate partner. That includes being choked, beaten stabbed, shot, punched, and slammed against something or hurt by hair-pulling.” The rates of intimate partner violence were highest in Alaska, Oregon, and Nevada, while Virginia and Tennessee had the lowest rates. The information in the survey was gathered from a national phone survey of 16,507 U.S. adults.
Huffington Post 12/15/11; CDC Press Statement 12/14/11; Washington Post 12/14/11