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Read our latest newsletter: February 2017.

Meet the Jane Doe Inc. Team

"The staff at Jane Doe Inc. is privileged to work with our membership to elevate awareness about and to correct social injustices, to eliminate structural barriers to ending sexual and domestic violence, and to promote safety and justice for everyone." ~ Debra Robbin, Executive Director

National Facts about Sexual and Domestic Violence

National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS)

Each statistic gleaned from the new National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) confirmed the magnitude and cost of sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence. The December 2011 release of initial findings from NISVS a study conducted by the Division for Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   (CDC), provides current evidence of how widespread sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence is among children, youth, and adults in the United States.  According to the survey of more than 16,500 adults, on average, 24 people per minute are victims of physical violence, rape or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States. The report emphasizes the importance of prevention and early intervention efforts along with funding and services for victims of violence against women.  Visit NISVS to see the full report, including the executive summary and study details.

Based on our initial analysis of the NISVS data for Massachusetts:

  • Nearly 1 in 2 women and more than 1 in 4 men have experienced sexual violence other than rape in their lifetimes; that's more than 1.6 million individuals.
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced some form of physical or sexual violence or stalking at the hands of an intimate partner; that's more than 1.3m individuals.
  • 1 in 7 adult women in MA has been a victim of rape in her lifetime; (no data was available for men).

Download the summary factsheet with highlights on the national figures and Massachusetts data.



In 2005, in stalking cases where the victim/offender relationship was known, twenty-eight percent (28%) of stalkers were current or former intimate partners.
(Baum, K., Catalano, S., Rand, M. & Rose, K. Stalking Victimization in the United States, Bureau of Justice Statistics, NCJ 224527, 2009. http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/ascii/fvv.txt)

In 2007 intimate partners committed 14% of all homicides in the U.S. The total estimated number of intimate partner homicide victims in 2007 was 2,340, including 1,640 females (70%) and 700 males (30%). These proportions have changed very little since 1993. In recent years thirty-three percent (33%) of female murder victims and four percent (4%) of male murder victims were killed by an intimate partner.
(Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. Intimate partner violence, Jan 2007. http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=tp&tid=971#summary.)

In 2008, 3,419 cases of domestic violence were reported to members of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, a GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) advocacy organization.
(National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, 2009.

In the United States in 1995, the cost of intimate partner rape, physical assault and stalking totaled $5.8 billion each year for direct medical and mental health care services and lost productivity from paid work and household chores.21 When updated to 2003 dollars, the cost is more than $8.3 billion.
(Max, W, Rice, DP, Finkelstein, E, Bardwell, R, Leadbetter, S. 2004. The Economic Toll of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in the United States.Violence and Victims, 19(3) 259-272.  Costs of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in the United States, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 2003. https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/IPVBook-a.pdf)

One in five teen girls and one in ten younger teen girls (age 13 to 16) have electronically sent or posted nude or semi-nude photos or videos of themselves. Even more teen girls, 37 percent, have sent or posted sexually suggestive text, email or IM (instant messages).
(The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and CosmoGirl.com.Sex and Tech: Results from a Survey of Teens and Young Adults, 2008. https://powertodecide.org/sites/default/files/resources/primary-download/sex-and-tech.pdf)


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