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Violence Between Intimates

NCJ Number
Date Published
November 1994
12 pages
Publication Series
According to an analysis of the National Crime Victimization Survey for the 1987-1991 period, intimates committed an annual average of 621,015 rapes, robberies, or assaults; 51 percent of victims of intimate violence were attacked by boyfriends or girlfriends, 34 percent were attacked by spouses, and 15 percent were attacked by ex-spouses.

This report of selected findings examines murders, rapes, robberies, and assaults committed by spouses, ex-spouses, boyfriends, or girlfriends. It uses data from the BJS National Crime Victimization Survey, the BJS survey of murder cases disposed in large urban counties in 1988, and the FBI Supplementary Homicide Report from the Uniform Crime Reports program. Data on violent offenders were collected in the 1991 Survey of State Prison Inmates and the 1989 Survey of Jail Inmates. The findings show that females experienced more than 10 times as many incidents of violence committed by an intimate as did males -- 572,000 versus 49,000.

Date Published: November 1, 1994