Speaker of the Congress Nancy Pelosi wrote a tweet about the domestic violence in which she claimed the following:
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
“[Domestic violence] will impact 1 in 3 women over the course of their lives”
Fact check: True enough
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.