A U.S. Department of Justice report released in 2001 revealing that approximately 671,110 women ages 12 and older suffered intimate partner victimization in 1999.
Decrease in Domestic Violence Since VAWA
Department of Justice Intimate Partner Violence Report Indicates a Decrease in Domestic Violence Since VAWA
On October 29, 2001,the U.S. Department of Justice released a new report entitled "Intimate Partner Violence". The report analyzes national domestic violence statistics through 2000. Significantly, the report reveals that approximately 671,110 women ages 12 and older suffered intimate partner victimization in 1999. This includes 91, 470 rapes and sexual assaults and 68,810 aggravated assaults. The 2000 report revealed that:
- The number of female victims of intimate violence declined from 1993 to 1998 - a decline of 21 percent.
In 1998, women experienced an estimated 876,340 violence offenses at the hands of an intimate, down from 1.1 million in 1993.
- With respect to homicides, the report reveals that intimate partners committed fewer murders in 1996, 1997, and 1998 than in any other year since 1976.
- Exhibiting a rather steady, gradual decline, the number of men murdered by an intimate partner fell 60 percent from 1976 to 1998.
- Women killed by an intimate partner remained stable between 1976 and 1993 and then declined 23 percent between 1993 and 1997.
- While intimate partner homicide has declined against black females, black males, and white males, homicides of white females have not decreased. Between 1997 and 1998, the number of white females killed by an intimate partner increased 15 percent Overall, though, black females experienced intimate partner violence at a rate 35 percent higher than that of white females, and about 2½ times the rate of women of other races.
- Young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experienced the highest per capita rates of intimate violence.
Funding to Improve Treatment For Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
On October 3, 2001, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson announced $10 million in grant awards to improve treatment and services for children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. Traumatic stress can stem from many incidents, including child abuse, rape or other violent crimes, as well as witnessing such trauma happening to a loved one. Grantees in one of three funding categories will use these funds to establish development centers that will identify, support, improve or develop effective treatment and service approaches for different types of child traumatic events, including witnessing or experiencing interpersonal violence or life threat, sexual assault and abuse.