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Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women

National Violence Against Women Survey— Full Report

Cite as: Tjaden, P. G., & Thoennes, N. (2000). Full Report of Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey. U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Research Report, Nov. 2000. NCJ 183781


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Every year, 1,510,455 women and 834,732 men are victims of physical violence by an intimate. This is according to a Nov. 2000 Department of Justice report on the National Violence Against Women Survey. What does that mean? Every 37.8 seconds, somewhere in America a man is battered. Every 20.9 seconds, somewhere in America a woman is battered.

National Institute of Justice Centers for Disease Control

Below are facts, charts and graphs from the Full Report of the National Violence Against Women survey.


National Violence Against Women Survey—Full Report
Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women

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Cover: Full Report of the Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women 

The data from Exhibit 11, above, show that men are more likely to have a knife used on them or to be threatened with a knife, hit with an object, kicked, bitten or have something thrown at them. Women are more likely to beaten up, threatened with a gun, choked, victims of drowning attempts, have their hair pulled or be pushed, grabbed or shoved.

Table 1 below uses the data from Exhibit 11 of Tjaden & Thoennes (2000), which reports the "percentage of persons physically assaulted by an intimate partner in lifetime by type of assault and sex of victim." (Tjaden & Thoennes, 2000, exhibit 11) The first two numerical columns, from Tjaden & Thoennes, report the percentage of persons sampled who experienced each form of assault. The second two numerical columns show the percentage of persons assaulted who experienced each form of assault.

Table 1
Type of Assault by an Intimate
as Percentage Surveyed and Percentage Assaulted, by Gender
Re-analysis of data from NVAW Survey, Tjaden & Thoennes (2000), Exhibit 11

  Lifetime
  Percentage Number in US
Type of Violence Women Men Women Men
Rape 7.7% 0.3% 7,753,669 278,244
Physical Assault 22.1% 7.4% 22,254,037 6,863,352
Rape and/or Physical Assault 24.8% 7.6% 24,972,856 7,048,848
      76.5% 23.5%

Type of Assault Women Men Women Men
Total 22.1 7.4 100% 100%
Threw something 8.1 4.4 36.7% 59.5%
Pushed, grabbed, shoved 18.1 5.4 81.9% 73.0%
Pulled hair 9.1 2.3 41.2% 31.1%
Slapped, hit 16 5.5 72.4% 74.3%
Kicked, bit 5.5 2.6 24.9% 35.1%
Choked, tried to drown 6.1 0.5 27.6% 6.8%
Hit with object 5 3.2 22.6% 43.2%
Beat up 8.5 0.6 38.5% 8.1%
Threatened with gun 3.5 0.4 15.8% 5.4%
Threatened with knife 2.8 1.6 12.7% 21.6%
Used gun 0.7 0.1 3.2% 1.4%
Used knife 0.9 0.8 4.1% 10.8%

Source: National Institute of Justice, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Full Report of Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey. Exhibits 9,11
(Tjaden, P. G., & Thoennes, N.) U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Research Report, 2000. NCJ 183781

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