By Jessica StittsMay 5, 2018 | 11:12AM EDTA new survey from the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) reveals that one in three American women have experienced some form of domestic violence.
The NWLC’s research shows that women are twice as likely to experience physical abuse than men.
According to the survey, which surveyed over 2,000 women and girls aged 14 to 24, nearly one in five women reported experiencing an intimate partner who physically abused them in the last 12 months.
That means nearly a third of women experience some form a physical violence in their lives.
“In 2015, the United States saw a record number of reported domestic violence incidents.
While the rate of domestic abuse has remained stable for the past decade, it has increased in recent years,” NWLC President and CEO Jill Lepore said in a statement.
“Domestic violence is a serious issue that affects millions of women, and it’s not surprising that many of them have experienced physical and sexual abuse in their relationships.”
As the national survey shows, men experience domestic violence at higher rates than women, with nearly one-third of men and one in six women reporting experiencing domestic violence in the past 12 months, according to the NWLC.
But women experience domestic abuse at lower rates than men, with only two-thirds of women and one-quarter of men reporting experiencing abuse in the 12 months prior to the interview.
Domestic abuse occurs when a woman is unable to protect herself from a partner because of her gender or other factors, according the NWCL.
In the past year, the rate has been on the rise, according an NWLC report.
Women and girls also experience the highest rates of intimate partner violence against men, who experience about a third (31 percent) of the physical violence against women.
The rate of intimate partners being abused is highest among African American women, who are also the most likely to report domestic violence, the NWLC said.
Domestically, the most common types of intimate violence are sexual and physical assault, according Lepore.
Women experience the most intimate partner assaults, followed by African American and Native American women.
Men experience the second-highest rates of domestic and sexual violence against their partners, with 28 percent and 25 percent, respectively.
A third of the men surveyed said that they experienced at least one type of physical or sexual assault or domestic abuse, and the rate was nearly twice as high among Native Americans, Lepore noted.
In the past two years, the numbers of domestic assaults have increased for both men and women, according with the National Violence Against Women Survey.
In 2015, only 2.3 percent of American men and 1.8 percent of women reported that they had experienced at the time of the survey.
The NWLC released the survey findings Thursday in response to a call from the American Bar Association.
The study also highlighted the high number of women who experienced sexual abuse and physical violence from an intimate relationship.
“These statistics highlight the urgent need for a national policy to address the needs of battered women and to address violence against them in all forms,” Lepore wrote.
“The violence perpetrated against women and their families is an everyday issue for our country and deserves to be addressed,” Lepopore said.
“In the coming years, we will need to focus on supporting women in the workplace, addressing the problem of intimate relationships and reducing the violence they experience in their everyday lives.”