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Facts About Abuse


  • 51% of women in Anchorage have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual assault or both in their lifetimes. 1
  • Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all crime. 2
  • On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States — more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year. 3
  • American Indians and Alaska Natives are 2.5 times as likely to experience violent crimes – and at least 2 times more likely to experience rape or sexual assault crimes – compared to all other races. 4


  • Children in the United States are more likely to be exposed to violence and crime than are adults. 5
  • The majority of U.S. nonfatal intimate partner victimizations of women (two-thirds) occur at home. Children are residents of the households experiencing intimate partner violence in 43% of incidents involving female victims. 6

Dating Violence

  • In a national online survey, one in five tweens – age 11 to 14 – say their friends are victims of dating violence and nearly half who are in relationships know friends who are verbally abused. Two in five of the youngest tweens, ages 11 and 12, report that their friends are victims of verbal abuse in relationships. 7
  • One in three adolescent girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner – a figure that far exceeds victimization rates for other types of violence affecting youth. 8
  • Though more than four in five parents (82 percent) feel confident that they could recognize the signs if their child was experiencing dating abuse, a majority of parents (58 percent) could not correctly identify all the warning signs of abuse. 9

Workplace Violence

  • The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $8.3 billion per year. 10
  • Between 2003 and 2008, 142 women were murdered in their workplace as a result of intimate partner violence. This amounts to 22% of workplace homicides among women. 11


  • One in 6 women (16.2%) and 1 in 19 men (5.2%) in the United States have experienced stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed (by any perpetrator). 12
  • Statistics gathered show that cyber harassment most often originated through emails, comprising 31% of cases followed by Facebook with 16%. Of all cases reported, 83% escalated in some way. The top three ways in which incidents escalated were through Facebook (22%), phone (17%), and text message (11%). 13


  • A study of intimate partner homicides found that 20% of victims were not the intimate partners themselves, but family members, friends, neighbors, persons who intervened, law enforcement responders, or bystanders. 14
  • 72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner and 94% of the victims of these murder-suicides are female. 15


  1. UAA Justice Center Municipality of Anchorage Victimization Study (2011)
  2. U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Truman, J. & Morgan, R. Nonfatal Domestic Violence, 2003-2012. (2014)
  3. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Interpersonal Personal Violence fact sheet, (2012)
  4. US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice, American Indians and crime: A BJS Statistical Profile, 1992-2002 by Perry, S. W. (2004)
  5. Childhood Victimization: Violence, Crime and Abuse in the Lives of Young People, The Oxford Press by Finklehor,D. (2008)
  6. U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the United States. (2006)
  7. Tween and Teen Dating Violence and Abuse Study, Teenage Research Unlimited for Liz Claiborne Inc. and the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline. (2008)
  8. The National Council on Crime and Delinquency Focus. Interpersonal and Physical Dating Violence among Teens by Davis, Antoinette. (2008)
  9. Family Violence Prevention Fund and Liz Claiborne- Teenage Research Unlimited, Impact of the Economy and Parent/Teen Dialogue on Dating Relationships and Abuse. (2009)
  10. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, How Employment Helps Female Victims of Intimate Partner Abuse: A Qualitative Study by Rothman, E., Hathaway, J., Stidsen, A., & de Vries, H., (2007)
  11. Annals of Epidemiology, Workplace Homicides Among U.S. Women: The Role of Intimate Partner Violence, Tiesman, H., Gurka, K., Konda, S., Coben, J., Amandus, H. (2012)
  12. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Interpersonal Personal Violence, National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, (2010)
  13. Statistics of Cyberstalking Victimization compiled by Working to Halt Online Abuse. (2012)
  14. Intimate Partner Homicide and Corollary Victims in 16 States: National Violent Death Reporting System, 2003-2009 by Smith, S., Fowler, K., & Niolon, P., (2014)
  15. Violence Policy Center, (2012)