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"We need to wake people up to the attitudes and actions that continue to keep victims at risk and our cities, towns and cultural communities unsafe." ~ Paulo Pinto, MPA, Executive Director, MAPS - Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers

Research and Studies

  •  Intimate Partner Violence affects more than 12 million people each year.  
  • Nearly 1 in 5 women have been raped in their lifetime while 1 in 71 men have been raped in their lifetime.
  • Approximately 80% of female victims experienced their first rape before the age of 25 and almost half experienced the first rape before age 18 (30% between 11-17 years old and 12% at or before the age of 10).
  • 28% of male victims of rape were first raped when they were 10 years old or younger
  • Female victims experience multiple forms of violence (physical violence, rape, and stalking) wheras 80% of male victims experience soley physical violence.
  • 81% of women and 35% of men who experienced Intimate Partner Violence
    reported significant short or long term impacts related to the violence, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms and injury. 

The above facts were revealed in the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) conducted in 2010 by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  These findings are consistent with current peer-reviewed research and align with the experience of sexual and domestic violence programs here in Massachusetts and around the country. Full Summary Report.

There are many excellent online resources for data and statistics on sexual violence, domestic violence, and stalking. Here are some we find particularly useful:

2011 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey
Conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2010.  (Massachusetts Data.)

Non-Residential Domestic Violence Services:  Survivors' Experience.
Authored by Eleanor Lyon, et al., Funded by the Department of Health and Human Services Family Violence Prevention and Services Administration, 2011. (Massachusetts Overview.)

2003 Domestic Homicide Report
Authored by Jane Doe Inc., in collaboration with Dr. Mary Gilfus, Simmons School of Social Work and Diane Rosenfeld, J.D., LLM, Harvard Law School. December, 2006.

Drug-facilitated, Incapacitated, and Forcible Rape: A National Study
Dean Kilpatrick, Heidi Resnick, Kenneth Ruggiero, Lauren M. Conoscenti, & Jenna McCauley, National Criminal Justice Reference Service. February, 2007.

Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Rape Victimization: Findings From the National Violence Against Women Survey
Patricia Tjaden and Nancy Thoennes, National Institute of Justice. January, 2006.

Health Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence
Jacquelyn C. Campbell, Lancet 2002; 359: 1331–36. April, 2002.

Intimate Partner Violence Risk Assessment: Implications for Women’s Safety
Jacquelyn C. Campbell. 2004.

Longitudinal Effects of Domestic Violence on Employment and Welfare Outcomes
Taryn Lindhorst, Monica Oxford, and Mary Rogers Gillmore, J Interpers Violence. 22(7): 812–828. July, 2007.

Meeting Survivors' Needs: A Multi-State Study of Domestic Violence Shelter Experiences.
Eleanor Lyon, Shannon Lane, and Anne Menard, National Institute of Justice. October, 2008.

Rape in Massachusetts: A Report to the Commonwealth.
Dean G. Kilpatrick, Ph.D. and Kenneth J. Ruggiero, Ph.D. through the National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center. April, 2003.

The Kentucky Civil Protective Order Study: A Rural and Urban Multiple Perspective Study of Protective Order Violation Consequences, Responses, and Cost.
TK Logan, Ph.D., Robert Walker, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., William Hoyt, Ph.D., Teri Faragher, M.S.W., University of Kentucky. September, 2009.

Why Do They Kill?  Men who murder their intimate partners.
David Adams, Ph.D.  August, 2007.

 


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