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Survey underscores need for more domestic violence services
by Tribune Staff
Dec 20, 2011 | 442 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print

RENO — Data released last week supports the need for funding and services for victims of violence against women, according to The Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence (NNADV).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its first National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), which describes the great prevalence of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence.

According to the survey of more than 16,500 adults, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States. In the 12 months prior to the survey, more than 7 million women were the victims of physical violence by an intimate partner. One in four women and one in seven men reported severe physical violence perpetrated by an intimate partner. This includes a range of physical violence from a slap to a longer term pattern of abuse.

The data also states that women are four times more likely than men to be beaten; six times more likely to be slammed against something; and nine times more likely to be strangled or suffocated. Seventy-two percent of women and 18 percent of men reported being frightened by the violence.

“Unfortunately, intimate partner and sexual violence and stalking are some of the country’s most serious public health issues,” said NNADV Executive Director Sue Meuschke. “Victims of violence not only suffer the immediate injury but also long-term physical, psychological and social consequences.”

Nationwide, more than one million women reported being raped in the 12 months prior to the survey. Nearly 92 percent of the female victims of rape were assaulted by an intimate partner or acquaintance. Nearly one in five women and one in 71 men reported having been raped at some point in their lifetime.

About 80 percent of female victims experienced their first rape before the age of 25 and nearly half experience the first rape before age 18. Almost a third (28 percent) of men experienced their first rape when they were ten years of age or younger.

NISVS results estimate more than 770,000 Nevadans have experienced rape, other forms of physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime and more than 240,000 had an injury or needed medical care.

“These are staggering numbers,” Meuschke said, “and emphasize the need for stronger intervention and prevention efforts.”

To view the entire survey, its executive summary, fact sheet and expanded state tables, visit
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