25% of Women Are Domestic Violence Victims
According to a government survey released Wednesday, one in four women are victims of domestic violence by their intimate partners. The survey is a new national review of how many woman say they have been abused. More importantly, this survey reveals numbers that are higher than previous reports.
The report was made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is based on a randomized telephone survey of about 9,000 women. Its conclusions are that as many as 29 million women say they have endured severed and frightening physical violence from a boyfriend, spouse or other intimate partner.
The physical violence includes choking, beating, stabbing, shooting, punching, slamming against something or hurting by hair pulling. The number shoots up to 36 million if slapping, pushing and shoving are counted as physical violence.
The survey also found that almost half of the women who reported raped or attempted rape said it happened when they were 17 years or younger. One important issue with the reliability of the report is that no independent documentation was sought to verify the claims, which were made anonymously.