December 1, 2011

CDC releases Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey

On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States, according to new findings released in December 2011 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Over the course of a year, that equals more than 12 million women and men. Those numbers only tell part of the story ? more than 1 million women are raped in a year, and over 6 million women and men are victims of stalking. These findings emphasize that sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence are major public health problems in the United States. In addition, they underscore the heavy toll that violence takes on Americans.

The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) is one of CDC's newest public health surveillance systems and is designed to better describe and monitor the magnitude of sexual violence, stalking and intimate partner violence victimization in the United States. It is the first survey of its kind to provide simultaneous national and state-level prevalence estimates of violence for all states. Additionally, it provides data on several types of violence that have not previously been measured in a national population-based survey. The state-level estimates can help states better understand the burden of violence in their populations and address health consequences that result from these forms of violence.