It is a common misunderstanding that domestic violence and sexual assault does not happen in a same-sex relationship. Studies show that same-sex relationship violence happens as often as heterosexual relationship violence. The Centers for Disease Control has begun doing research that involves different types of relationships rather than strictly heterosexual to broaden our understanding of the issue. Their research is contained within the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, we will provide you with a brief overview and highlights of the survey. The full survey can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/nisvs/.
The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) is an ongoing survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that collects data on intimate partner violence (IPV), sexual violence (SV), and stalking. The data represents lifetime experiences and past year experiences of women and men in the United States. The survey is designed to further our understanding of IPV, SV and stalking because they are preventable. This is the first survey to collect information based on respondents’ self-reported sexual orientation.
Here are highlights from the NISVS 2010 & 2014:
Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 59 men have been raped in their lifetime.
Approximately 1.9 million women were raped during the year preceding the survey.
1 in 4 women have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner, while 1 in 7 men have experienced the same.
1 in 6 women have been stalked during their lifetime, compared to 1 in 19 men.
Among women who experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking in the context of an intimate relationship, 89.5% of bisexual and 98.7% heterosexual women reported only male perpetrators. While 67.4% of self-identified lesbians reported having only female perpetrators.
Among men who experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in the context of an intimate relationship, 78.5% of bisexual and 99.5% of heterosexual men reported having only female perpetrators. While 90.7% of self-reported gay men reported having only male perpetrators.
The Shelter is a Safe-Zone
If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, (any type not just physical) and regardless of their sexual orientation or gender, please contact The Shelter at 800-931-7233 for help.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010). National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey. Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/pdf/NISVS_FactSheet_LBG-a.pdf
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey. Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/nisvs-fact-sheet-2014.pdf