Demographics of Domestic Violence


Prevalence of violence

The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) reports that in 2010, 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. Across all types of violence examined in this report, state level estimates varied with lifetime estimates for women ranging from 11.4% to 29.2% for rape; 28.9% to 58% for sexual violence other than rape; and 25.3% to 49.1% for rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner.

The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS)

Lifetime Prevalence of Rape, Physical Violence, and/or Stalking by an Intimate Partner by State of Residence—U.S. Women, NISVS 2010

State % of women effected Estimated Number of Victims  
United States Total 35.6 42,420,000
Alabama 31.0 582,000
Alaska 44.2 109,000
Arizona 36.5 891,000
Arkansas 37.3 420,000
California 32.9 4,563,000
Colorado 32.7 618,000
Connecticut 32.9 462,000
Delaware 34.9 124,000
District of Columbia * *
Florida 34.2 2,546,000
Georgia 35.1 1,310,000
Hawaii 35.7 179,000
Idaho 29.3 166,000
Illinois 37.7 1,882,000
Indiana 40.4 1,001,000
Iowa 31.3 368,000
Kansas 29.0 312,000
Kentucky 37.5 638,000
Louisiana 33.4 586,000
Maine 36.6 199,000
Maryland 42.1 957,000
Massachusetts 31.7 851,000
Michigan 41.8 1,638,000
Minnesota 33.7 684,000
Mississippi 40.1 460,000
Missouri 36.1 854,000
Montana 39.2 149,000
Nebraska 38.5 263,000
Nevada 48.1 465,000
New Hampshire 40.4 214,000
New Jersey 26.2 902,000
New Mexico 34.4 263,000
New York 32.3 2,544,000
North Carolina 43.9 1,615,000
North Dakota 25.3 64,000
Ohio 35.6 1,629,000
Oklahoma 49.1 697,000
Oregon 37.3 561,000
Pennsylvania 37.7 1,927,000
Rhode Island 29.9 129,000
South Carolina 41.5 752,000
South Dakota 33.7 104,000
Tennessee 40.0 997,000
Texas 34.5 3,116,000
Utah 36.9 355,000
Vermont 33.6 85,000
Virginia 31.3 971,000
Washington 42.6 1,094,000
West Virginia 33.6 249,000
Wisconsin 32.4 714,000
Wyoming 35.8 73,000

Understanding Intimate Partner Violence Fact Sheet - CDC 2012.

Characteristics of intimate partner violence:*

Nonfatal intimate partner violence

Intimate partner violence includes victimization committed by spouses or ex spouses, boyfriends or girlfriends, and ex-boyfriends or ex-girlfriends.

Fatal intimate partner violence

Fatal intimate partner violence includes homicide or murder and non-negligent manslaughter, defined as the willful killing of one human being by another.

Children exposed to intimate partner violence -

The NCVS was not designed to capture information on the number of children who witness intimate partner violence; however, the survey is able to examine the characteristics of households with a victim of IPV, including whether children under age 12 were living in the home.


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