CDC Survey Finds Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence Widespread in the U.S.
The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) is one of CDC’s newest public health surveillance systems and is designed to better describe and monitor the magnitude of sexual violence, stalking and intimate partner violence victimization in the United States. It is the first survey of its kind to provide simultaneous national and state-level prevalence estimates of violence for all states. Additionally, it provides data on several types of violence that have not previously been measured in a national population-based survey. The state-level estimates provide important information about the proportion of men and women with victimization histories currently residing in a state and such information can help states better understand the burden of violence in their populations.
“The health problems caused by violence remind us of the importance of prevention", said Howard Spivak, MD, Director of CDC’s Injury Center Division of Violence Prevention. “In addition to intervening and providing services, prevention efforts need to start earlier in life, with the ultimate goal of preventing all of these types of violence before they start.” When developing sound programs for prevention and intervention, it is critical to understand the conditions that increase risk for perpetration and victimization. NISVS provides data that can help inform policies and programs aimed at the specific needs of state and national organizations and also monitor and measure the effectiveness of these efforts.
You can access the report summary here: http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/pdf/NISVS_FactSheet-a.pdf.