To further an understanding of violence against women, a national telephone survey on violence was conducted from November 1995 to May 1996. The survey sampled approximately 8,000 women and 8,000 men, providing comparable data on women's and men's experiences with violent victimization. Study findings provide empirical data on the prevalence and incidence of rape, physical assault, and stalking, as well as information on intimate partner violence and differences in the prevalence of rape and physical assault on women of different racial and ethnic backgrounds. Physical assault was found to be widespread among U.S. women, with 52% of those surveyed reporting physical assault in their lives, and 1.9 reporting physical assault in the last 12 months. Racial and ethnic differences were significant, with Native American women the most likely to report rape and physical assault victimization. Women experienced more partner violence, were more likely to be injured during an assault, and were more likely to have been stalked. Implications for public health and intervention planning are discussed. (Contains 15 exhibits and 24 endnotes.) (SLD)
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Department of Justice, Washington, DC. National Inst. of Justice.; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DHHS/PHS), Atlanta, GA.