National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey

New data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) illustrate the lifetime health consequences of domestic and sexual violence.

  • In Washington State, 41% of women and 32% of men report experiencing violence from an intimate partner.
  • According to national data, men and women experience intimate partner violence at similar rates. However, women experience negative impacts at higher rates than men do. Negative impacts include fear, concern for safety, symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, injury, and missed work or school. 
  • In Washington State, 45% of women and 22% of men report having experienced sexual violence in their lifetime. 
  • In 2016, 18% of 10th graders in Washington reported that they had been made to engage in unwanted kissing or sexual contact. 
  • Both men and women who had been victims of sexual violence, intimate partner violence or stalking were more likely to have a range of health problems, including chronic pain. 

More information 

Department of Health fact sheets

National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS)

Statistics from the Washington State Domestic Violence Fatality Review