According to a study reported in February 2007, about one in four women (26.5%) older than 65 has been the victim of physical, sexual or psychological violence at the hands of a spouse or other intimate partner, according to a study done in two northwestern states. About 3.5% of the women surveyed had suffered violence in the past five years, and 2.2% in the past year.
(Source: The Gerontologist, February 2007)
The 2002 National Domestic Violence Report released by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) recorded more than 5,000 reported cases of GLBT domestic violence in 2002. The report contains data from 14 service organizations in 11 regions, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City, and less populated areas like Tucson, Ariz., Burlington, Vt. and Kansas City, Mo. The largest number of reported cases came from the coastal cities. Los Angeles, for example, reported 3,434 cases in 2002, but it represented a 9 percent decrease from the numbers reported in 2001. San Francisco saw a 25 percent decrease in reports in the same time period.
(Source: National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs 2002 National Domestic Violence Report, Released July 23, 2003.)
Violence during pregnancy presents one of the biggest risks to mothers and their fetuses, and health professionals should screen for it as they do for high blood pressure and smoking according to British researchers. Confidential questionnaires answered by 475 pregnant women at an antenatal clinic in the North of England showed that 17 percent reported being victims of domestic violence, including 3.4 percent during the current pregnancy. Punching and slapping were the most common forms of violence, though 11 women reported that a weapon was used. Six women suffered permanent injuries and 11 suffered severe burns. Single women were the most likely victims of violence and their boyfriends were the main perpetrators, though one woman reported being abused by her mother. Stephen Lindow and colleagues in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Hull Maternity Hospital, said domestic violence in pregnant women "is much more common than many other pregnancy complications.
(Source: British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2003;110:272-275.)
Each year, over 324,000 pregnant women are victims of intimate partner violence in the United States.
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC. 2002. Safe Motherhood: Promoting Health for Women Before, During and After Pregnancy, 2002. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.)
In it's 6th annual report on GLBT domestic violence, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs noted a 25 percent increase to 5,046 cases in 2001, compared to 4,048 cases reported in 2000. The coalition said the increase was mainly due to better reporting and improved outreach from the agencies that provide the data. The numbers were drawn from 12 agencies throughout the country, including the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, Community United Against Violence, Horizons Anti-Violence Program in Chicago, the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, and others in Ohio, Boston, Minnesota and elsewhere.
The victims were split fairly evenly between men (49 percent) and women (43 percent). Four percent identified as transgender, and the missing four percent was not explained. Many of the victims of domestic violence did not specify their race (39 percent), while 26 percent were white, 15 percent Latino/a, and 10 percent African American.
Incidences and types of domestic violence in same-sex relationships are comparable to that in heterosexual relationships. Studies indicate that 25-33% of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered persons are abused by their partners-comparable to the rate in heterosexual relationships.
(Anti-Violence Project/National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, 1998 Report on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Domestic Violence, 1998, p.26)
The majority of welfare recipients have experienced domestic abuse in their adult lives and a high percentage are currently abused.
(Trapped by Poverty, Trapped by Abuse: New Evidence Documenting the Relationship Between Domestic Violence and Welfare, The Taylor Institute, April, 1997)
Estimates suggest that domestic violence in the military rose from 18.6 per 1000 in 1990 to 25.6 per 1000 in 1996. On average each fiscal year from 1990 to 1996, 23.2 per 1000 spouses of military personnel experienced a violent victimization.
(FY 1990-1996, Spouse & Child Maltreatment, Department of Defense.)
One in six pregnant women reported physical or sexual abuse during pregnancy. Sixty percent of these women said the abuse was recurrent.
(McFarlane, Parker, Soeken, & Bullock, Results from a study of 1,204 women in public prenatal clinics in Houston and Baltimore, 1992)
The Colorado Department of Public Health estimates that at least 85% of women with disabilities are victims of domestic violence compared to 25 to 50% of non-disabled women.
(P. Feuerstein, "Domestic Violence and Women and Children with Disabilities," Unpublished report, Milbank Memorial Fund; Berkeley Planning Associates, Meeting the Needs of Women with Disabilities)