In the United States, 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime,
and every 25 seconds a woman or girl is raped in our country.1
The numbers are staggering—so much so, that the issue pervades all of our homes,
even if we do not realize it. Every person living in United States will know a woman
or girl who has experienced this type of violence in the past,
or will experience it in the future.

1. National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2010 Summary Report. 2011. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Calculation based on 2012 National Crime Victimization Survey. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice.

2. McDonald, Renee, Ernest N. Jouriles, Suhasini Ramisetty-Mikler, et al. 2006. Estimating the Number of American Children Living in Partner-Violent Families. Journal of Family Psychology 20(1): 137-142

3. Catalano, Shannan. 2007. Intimate Partner Violence in the United States. U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.

4. Finkelhor, D., Hotaling, G., Lewis, I. A., & Smith, C. (1990). Sexual abuse in a national survey of adult men and women: Prevalence, characteristics and risk factors. Child Abuse & Neglect 14, 19-28. doi:10.1016/0145-2134(90)90077-7 o © National Sexual Violence Resource Center 2012, 2013, 2015. All rights reserved.

5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Sexual Violence: Facts at a Glance (2012) (online at Because of underreporting, the percentage is likely much higher. Bonnie S. Fisher, Francis T. Cullen, and Michael G. Turner, The Sexual Victimization of College Women, U.S. Department of Justice (2000) (online at