In 2003, there were 2.3 million violent crimes committed against females aged 12 and older, including rape, sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated and simple assault. This follows the downward trend in violent crime victimization rates for women over the past decade. Women are more likely than men to be victims of reported sexual assault and rape; however, men are more likely to be victims of robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault. In 2003, 1.5 of every 1,000 females aged 12 and older were victims of rape or sexual assault.

Women are more likely than men to be victims of violent acts committed by people they know intimately, such as friends or intimate partners. In 2003, violence by intimate partners constituted 19 percent of violent crimes against women, compared to 3 percent of violent crimes against men. The overall rate of intimate partner violence against females was 4.6 per 1,000 females, with the highest rates occurring among females aged 15 to 24 and 25 to 34 years (6.1 and 7.9 per 1,000 females, respectively).

Graph: Violent Crime Victims by Sex[d]

Graph: Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence by Age[d]