Fact check: Speaker Nancy Pelosi's claim about domestic violence.


Speaker of the Congress Nancy Pelosi  wrote a tweet about the domestic violence in which she claimed the following:

Nancy Pelosi on Twitter

There should be nothing partisan about ending the scourge of domestic violence that research shows will impact 1 in 3 women over the course of their lives. It’s time to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. #VAWA19

Claim:

“[Domestic violence] will impact 1 in 3 women over the course of their lives”

Fact check: True enough

According to a 2010 The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey 2010 Findings on Victimization by Sexual Orientation survey conducted by the CDC :

Four in 10 lesbian women (43.8%), 6 in 10 bisexual women (61.1%), and 1 in 3 heterosexual women (35.0%) reported experiencing rape, physical violence, and/or stalking within the context of an intimate partner relationship at least once during their lifetime

Even excluding stalking and rape, the report found 23.6% of heterosexual women (96.5% of the sample of 9,970 women called in 2010) had experienced at least one form of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in her lifetime and 29.8% had been slapped, pushed or shoved, with higher rates for other women.

Unfortunately the combined overall rate of domestic violence (of the various types they classified them as) was not published, nor was any record made of violence inflicted by non-intimate partners. No attempt was made to transform the reported rates across all age groups to an estimated full-lifetime rate for all women.

Given the uncertainty in the current reported rates, and what the rates will be in future, Pelosi’s 33% estimate seems quite reasonable.

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        Walters, M.L., Chen J., & Breiding, M.J. (2013). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Findings on Victimization by Sexual Orientation. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/nisvs_sofindings.pdf

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