In a report released in July 2000, the Justice Department and Centers for Disease Control found that nearly 25% of women, and about 7% of men say they have been raped or assaulted by a current or former partner.
According to the estimates, approximately 1.5 million American women and over 800,000 men are raped or assaulted by an intimate partner annually.
Figures for intimate violence in different types of relationships varied. Reported rates of incidents of assault or stalking are as follows:
- 30% of women living with male partners
- 15% of men living with male partners
- 11% of women living with female partners
- 7.7% of men living with female partners
The study also found that of those assaulted, 41% of women reported injuries, while 20% of men were injured by assaults from intimates.
The report also states that having a verbally abusive partner was the variable "most likely" to predict that a woman would be victimized by an intimate partner. As relates to stalking, the report showed that spousal stalking is more widespread than previously thought, with almost 5% of women, and 0.6% of men saying they've been stalked by a current or former partner at some time in their life. This translates to an estimate of 503,485 women and 185,496 men stalked by an intimate partner annually in this country.
The study also found differences among racial backgrounds. African-American, American Indian and native Alaskan women and men reported higher rates of partner violence than people from other backgrounds. Asians reported lower rates.
Despite the rate of attacks, most incidents are not reported to police, the survey found. Only one-fifth of rapes, one quarter of physical assaults, and one half of stalking incidents were reported to police by female victims. The report rate was even lower for male victims.