Intimate Partner Violence

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Intimate Partner Violence is a silent epidemic plaguing Los Angeles families with fatal consequences. According to the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), as many as 1 in 4 women will be abused by an intimate partner during her lifetime. In addition to that, women of color experience especially high rates of domestic, intimate and sexual abuse by a partner or love one. In addition it is estimated as many as 1 in 3 teenagers experience sexual violence in their lifetime.

  • On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States, based on a survey conducted in 2010. Over the course of a year, that equals more than 12 million women and men.
  • Seventeen percent of women in California (1,862,000) report experiencing sexual violence – incest, childhood sexual abuse, or rape.Homicide is the second leading cause of traumatic death for pregnant women in the Nation, accounting for 31 percent of maternal injury deaths.
  • Homicide is the second leading cause of traumatic death for pregnant women in the Nation, accounting for 31 percent of maternal injury deaths.
  •  Women are four times more likely to suffer increased abuse as a result of an unintended or unwanted pregnancy– pregnancy itself can be the result of domestic violence, in the form of sexual abuse, marital rape, or denial of access to birth control.
  • Forty percent of pregnant women who have been exposed to violence report that their pregnancy was unintended, compared to just eight percent of non-abused women – sometime in their lives.
  • Research conducted in California in 2010 found that 53 percent of women ages 16-29 in family planning clinics report physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner.
  •  In the same study, about one in five young women said they experienced pregnancy coercion and one in seven said they experienced active interference with contraception (birth control sabotage).
  •  Thirty-five percent of women reporting IPV also reported either pregnancy coercion or birth control sabotage.

Break-Down of Total DV Crimes by LAPD Bureau – 2011


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Breaking the Silence

Public Health’s Role in Intimate Partner Violence Prevention!


National Sexual Assault Online Hotline can be reached at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673), 24 hours a day.

National Sexual Assault Online Hotline offers free, confidential, and secure help online, 24 hours a day, if you need someone to talk to or help with pressing charges or understanding your healing process.

You can also search for a local crisis center by clicking here.  All of these crisis centers have 24/7 crisis hotlines that serve victims of sexual violence.  They are trained to provide you with the support and information you need.  They can also assist you with any of the following:


Individual counseling
Group counseling/support groups
Legal/criminal justice system advocacy
Crime victim assistance advocacy
Community education
Professional education
Casework/practical assistance
Emergency shelter
Hospital Accompaniment

If you are in immediate danger or have just been raped or sexually assaulted, call 911 immediately

Please remember that the police are here to help, and by getting your attacker off the street you are saving others from going through the same horrible experience.


 If you are a victim of domestic violence, you can also click here for help and resources.


Please note the following 24 hour crisis numbers are confidential non-judgmental support service where staff and volunteers are available to provide emotional support, advocacy, information and referrals.

1-800-978-3600 (Southern California):  The hotline operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Callers can get help in eleven languages (English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tagalog, Khmer, Japanese, Thai and Armenian).

213-626-3393 (Central Los Angeles)
310-392-8381 (South Los Angeles)
626-793-3385 (West San Gabriel Valley)
877-633-0044 (Stalking Hotline)

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