Domestic Violence

Type of victimization
over lifetime
Physical assault22.17.422,254,0376,863,352
Rape and/or physical assault24.87.624,972,8567,048,848
Total victimized25.57.925,677,7357,327,092
NOTE: Survey consisted of telephone interviews with a nationally representative sample of 8,000 U.S. women and 8,000 men. Definitions: Rape includes completed or attempted forced vaginal, oral, or anal sex. Physical assault includes a range of behaviors from slapping and hitting to using a gun. Stalking involves repeated acts of harassment and intimidation with the victim reporting a high level of fear.
Source: National Violence Against Women Survey, National Institute of Justice and Centers for Disease Control, July 2000.

Findings from the National Violence
against Women Survey, July 2000
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