Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault


The intersection of domestic and sexual violence is important to note. This intersection is defined as any unwanted sexual contact or activity by an intimate partner with the purpose of controlling an individual through fear, threats or violence. Essentially, sexual assault is used as a means to control the victim. It can affect anyone from teens to elders.

  • In 2011, across SC, there were 643 cases that involved both domestic violence and sexual assault according to the 15 direct service providers statewide.
  • More than half (51.1%) of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner according to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS).
  • 1 out 10 people has been raped by an intimate partner (Mahoney, P., Williams L, 2013)
  • 60% of domestically abused women have been sexually assaulted by their batterers (Howard, Riger, Campbell, Wasco, 2003)
  • SC Resources from programs listed in Sexual Assault


Click here for a link to the resources created by the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs surrounding the intersection of sexual and intimate partner.

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