- Nearly half of female respondents had experienced physical domestic violence in their lifetimes.
Combining both severe and moderate physical domestic violence, 47% of the female respondents had experienced any physical domestic violence in their lifetimes, including 20% in the last year.
- 38% of female respondents had experienced severe physical domestic violence21 in their lifetimes, including 15% in the past year.
45% of female respondents had experienced moderate physical domestic violence22 in their lifetimes, including 19% in the past year.
- Divorced or separated respondents were significantly more likely than never-married respondents to have experienced domestic violence.
- One in seven of the divorced or separated respondents said that their romantic relationships had been a barrier to employment or training in the past year.
Female respondents were asked the question: “During the past 12 months, was your relationship with a current or past husband, boyfriend, or partner ever such a problem that you could not take a job or had to stop working, or could not attend education or training activities?” Almost 9% answered yes to this question (data not shown). However, 14% of separated or divorced respondents answered yes, compared to only 7% of those never married.26