A major source of statistical information about domestic abuse comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through an annual telephone survey called National Data on Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Violence, and Stalking (NISVS). This survey was developed in order to better describe and monitor the magnitude of these forms of violence in the United States.
Starting in 2010, NISVS has been collecting detailed information of adult women and men ages 18 and older in the United States, collecting data on past-year and lifetime experiences of violence. This survey tracks trends in intimate partner violence (IPV), sexual violence (SV), and stalking among women and men in the United States.
The NISVS 2010 Summary Report presents data from the first year of data collection, based on 16,507 completed telephone interviews (9,086 women and 7,421 men) in the general population sample. NISVS data is collected randomly, representative of each state.
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