Who Are the Victims?


  • Women were attacked about six times more often by offenders with whom they had an intimate relationship than were male violence victims.
  • Nearly 30 percent of all female homicide victims were known to have been killed by their husbands, former husbands or boyfriends.
  • In contrast, just over 3 percent of male homicide victims were known to have been killed by their wives, former wives or girlfriends.
  • Husbands, former husbands, boyfriends and ex-boyfriends committed more than one million violent acts against women.
  • Family members or other people they knew committed more than 2.7 million violent crimes against women.
  • Husbands, former husbands, boyfriends and ex-boyfriends committed 26 percent of rapes and sexual assaults.
  • Forty-five percent of all violent attacks against female victims 12 years old and older by multiple offenders involve offenders they know.
  • The rate of intimate-offender attacks on women separated from their husbands was about three times higher than that of divorced women and about 25 times higher than that of married women.
  • Women of all races were equally vulnerable to attacks by intimates.
  • Female victims of violence were more likely to be injured when attacked by someone they knew than female victims of violence who were attacked by strangers.

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