National Data on Intimate Partner Violence


National Intimate Partner Violence Statistics

In 2005, there was IPV in about 1 in every 320 U.S. households.2

For 2008, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that:

  • IPV constituted 5% of all violence against males and 22% of all violence against females in the U.S.3
  • The rate of IPV for females age 12 or older was 4.3 per 1,000, a 53% decrease since 1993.  Against males, the rate was 0.8 victimizations per 1,000, a 54% decrease since 1993.4
  • 72% of IPV against males and 49% of IPV against females was reported to police.
  • About 99% of IPV against females was committed by male offenders, and about 83% of IPV against males was committed by female offenders.5

In 2007, intimate partners were responsible for 16% of nonfatal violence against women with disabilities, and 5% of violence against men with disabilities. (The comparable figures for women and men without disabilities were 27% and 3%.)6

On average between 2001 and 2005:

  • Women aged 20 to 24 were at greater risk of IPV than other age groups.7
  • The annual per capita rate of IPV was similar for black and white women and for Hispanic and non-Hispanic women and men, and higher for American Indian and Alaska Native women.8

Though the actual number of cases of IPV against LGBTQ people is impossible to know, 15 Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Projects nationwide received 3,658 calls related to IPV in 2009, up 15% from 2008.  Calls came from roughly equal numbers of men and women, and from almost three times as many women as men who identified as transgender.9 

In 2005, in stalking cases where the victim/offender relationship was known, 28% of stalkers were current or former intimate partners.  (This figure includes cases that the study defined as “harassment,” which would have counted as stalking under NYS law.)10  

In the mid-1990s, 59% of female stalking victims and 30% of male victims reported being stalked by a current or former intimate partner.  81% of women stalked by an intimate partner were also physically assaulted and 31% were also sexually assaulted by the same partner.11

In the US every year, about 18,700 incidents of violence in the workplace are committed by a worker’s current or former intimate partner.12

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  1. Klaus, P. (2007). Crime and the Nation’s Households, 2005. Bureau of Justice Statistics, NCJ 217198,
  2. Truman, J.L. (2011). Criminal Victimization, 2010. (National Crime Victimization Survey).
  3. Catalano, S., Rand, M., Smith, E., & Snyder, H. (2009). Female Victims of Violence. BJS.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Rand, M.R. & Harrell, E., (2009). Crime Against People with Disabilities, 2007, Bureau of Justice Statistics.
  6. Klaus, P. (2007). Crime and the Nation’s Households, 2005. Bureau of Justice Statistics, NCJ 217198,
  7. Ibid. (2007 data are available, but due to questions resulting from data collection changes since 2005, data from 2005 are reported here.)
  8. National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, (2010). Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence in the United States in 2009.
  9. Baum, K., Catalano, S., Rand, M. & Rose, K. (2009.) Stalking Victimization in the United States, Bureau of Justice Statistics, NCJ 224527.
  10. Tjaden, P. & Thoennes, N. (1998). Stalking in America: Findings From the National Violence Against Women Survey, National Institute of Justice, NCJ 169592.
  11. Duhart, D.T., (2001). Violence In The Workplace 1993-99, Bureau of Justice Statistics, NCJ 190076