Intimate partner violence is pervasive in the United States and it is not limited to women being abused, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A survey of Americans conducted by the agency found on average, 24 people per minute were victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner. Of those over 6 million men and women were victims of staking in a year.
Some of the study findings included:
- About 1 in 7 men has experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.
- One in 19 men has experienced stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
- Almost 53 percent of male victims experienced some form of intimate partner violence for the first time before age of 25.
- More than one-quarter of male rape victims were first raped when they were 10 years old or younger.
Violence in relationships have lasting affects, as the survey found male victims of violence by means of sexual assault, stalking or domestic violence – were significantly more likely to report physical and mental health issues than men who weren’t victims.
“The health problems caused by violence remind us of the importance of prevention,” said Howard Spivak, M.D., director of the Division of Violence Prevention in CDC′s Injury Center. “In addition to intervening and providing services, prevention efforts need to start earlier in life, with the ultimate goal of preventing all of these types of violence before they start.”