BJS: Serious Intimate Partner Violence on the Decline


The rate of serious intimate partner violence, such as rape, sexual assault, robbery or aggravated assault, declined 72 percent for females between 1994 and 2011, according to statistics released today by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced.

Estimates of nonfatal violence are based on data from the National Crime Victimization Survey, which collects self-reported information from victims of crime. Sever intimate partner violence is measured by the type of violent crime, physical attack, presence of a weapon and other factors.

Between 2002 and 2011, the most recent decade in the BJS analysis, about half of female victimizations (52 percent) involved threats to harm the victim prior to the physical attack.

About 8 percent suffered sexual violence and about 18 percent involved a weapon.

Read the full report HERE.

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