Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

• California law enforcement received 176,299 domestic violence related calls in 2006. 80,946 of the calls involved     weapons, including firearms and knives.

• 43,911 people were arrested for domestic violence offenses in 2006. Of the 43,911 offenders, 80% were men and 20% were women.

• 134 homicides resulted from intimate partner violence in 2006. 110 of the victims were women and 24 were men.

• 9,345 forcible rapes were reported in California in 2005. Completed rape accounted for 87% of the offences and attempted rape accounted for 13%.

• One in 33 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape.

• In California one forcible rape occurs every 56 minutes.

• In 2005, victims age 12 or older experienced 191,670 rapes/sexual assaults.

• 92% of rape or sexual assault victims in 2005 were female.

• Of female rape or sexual assault victims, 73% were assaulted by someone they knew and 26% were assaulted by a stranger. 38% of women assaulted by a known offender were friends or acquaintances of the rapist and 28% were intimate partners.

• People aged 16 to 19 had a higher rate of sexual victimization than any other age group.

• Divorced or separated people had a higher rate of sexual victimization than those who were married.

• In 2005, more than a third (36%) of all sexual assaults occurred at or in a victim’s home.

• Characteristics associated with a positive legal outcome in sexual assault cases include being examined within 24 hours of the assault, having been assaulted by a partner or spouse, having been orally assaulted and having anogenital trauma.

• Between 1996 and 2000, there was one statutory rape for every three forcible rapes involving a juvenile victim reported to law enforcement. Three of every 10 statutory rape offenders were boyfriends or girlfriends, and six in 10 were acquaintances.

• Between 1992 and 2000, all rapes, 39% of attempted rapes and 17% of sexual assaults against females resulted in injuries. Most victims did not receive treatment for their injuries.

• During 2005, military criminal investigators received 2,374 allegations of sexual assault involving members of the armed forces worldwide.

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