A Crisis: The Untold Story

The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was the first major study focused on intimate partner violence in years. The study revealed that:

  • More than 1 in 3 women and more than 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner.
  • On average, 20 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States.
  • Nearly half of all women and men in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner.
  • Most female victims (69%) and male victims (53%) experienced some form of intimate partner violence for the first time before the age of 25.

As striking as these statistics are, the truth is this is only the tip of the iceberg. There is still so much we don't know. Everything we do know, however, points to the same message: intimate partner violence is a national health crisis and now is the time for transformative action.

We need to talk. We need to act. We need to do it now.

To view the CDC Report, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/NISVS/

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