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National statistics from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (published in November 2011) show that domestic violence continues to be a serious issue affecting men, women and children.
According to the CDC study,
Converting those percentages into actual numbers can be eye-opening. According to the National Violence Against Women Survey, approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner in the United States every year.
Many of these physical assaults involve the use of firearms. According to the Risk Factors For Femicide in Abusive Relationships, access to firearms yields a more than five-fold increase in risk of intimate partner homicide when considering other factors of abuse, suggesting that abusers who possess guns tend to inflict the most severe abuse on their partners.
The North Carolina Department of Justice and the State Bureau of Investigation’s (SBI) Annual Summary Report of 2011 Uniform Crime Reporting Data provides information on the number of rapes reported in the state. According to the report, there were 1,942 rapes reported in 2011 – only slightly down from 1,949 reported in 2010.
Of the rapes reported in 2011, the majority (86%) of abusers used their hands, fists and feet to commit the crime; only 3% used a handgun or other firearm and 3.5% used a knife or blunt object.
The SBI’s data, listed below, shows the number of rapes reported in North Carolina’s 15 largest cities and the 10 largest county sheriff offices over a 12 month period.
|Rapes Reported In 2011|
Rapes Reported In 2010
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Rapes Reported In 2010
While these statistics seem astonishing, the truth of the matter is that a great deal of domestic violence incidents are simply not reported. Part of the reason for that is that many North Carolina cities and counties are not required to – or simply do not – accurately report acts of domestic violence.
The other, and larger, part is that many domestic violence survivors do not want others to know about what happened them. There are many reasons for that including:
Sadly, men who are domestic violence survivors often feel too embarrassed to report these incidents based on societal gender stigmas.