According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
intimate partner violence includes victimization by current and former spouses or current and former dating partners. Violence can include physical, sexual, emotional, and economic abuse, according to the Office on Violence Against Women.
Thirty-five percent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence, according to the United Nations
According to a Global Study on Homicide,
of all women who were the victims of homicide globally in 2012, an estimated half were killed by intimate partners or family members.
Each minute - Twenty people
are victims of intimate partner violence, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Each day -
Three or more women are murdered by their boyfriends or husbands on average, according to the American Psychology Association.
Each month -
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
receives an average of 23,500 calls.
Each year -
Over 10 million
women and men are victims of intimate partner violence, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Between 1994 and 2011, the rates of serious intimate partner violence perpetrated on women fell 72%.
June 19, 1990 -
S. 2754, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
is introduced in Congress by Senator Joseph Biden,
but it is not enacted.
June 1991 -
The American Medical Association
publishes recommendations that physicians routinely inquire about possible abuse.
January 21, 1993 - Biden re-introduces the bill.
September 13, 1994 - President Bill Clinton
signs the Violence Against Women Act
into law within the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act.
It must be renewed every five years. The law also establishes the Violence Against Women Policy Office and the Violence Against Women Grants Office (now the Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women.
February 21, 1996 - The National Domestic Violence Hotline gets its first calls, and gets 4,826 calls its first month.
The Office of Violence Against Women
is created by a merger of the Violence Against Women Policy Office and the Violence Against Women Grants Office.
October 28, 2000 - The Violence Against Women Act of 2000 is reauthorized with new provisions and signed into law by President Bill Clinton. The new provisions include the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and expanded measures for battered immigrant women.
August 2, 2003 -
The hotline receives its millionth call.
January 5, 2006 -
The Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 is signed into law by President George W. Bush,
with new provisions on dating violence, Native American women and the use of DNA fingerprinting.
April 28, 2009 -
The hotline receives its two millionth call.
April 26, 2012 -
The Senate votes on S.1925
to reauthorize VAWA with expanded measures to include battered illegal immigrant women, Native American women and the LGBT community.
May 16, 2012 -
The House votes on H.R. 4970
to reauthorize VAWA. The House version omits the expanded measures of the Senate bill.
December 31, 2012 - For the first time since it was enacted, VAWA expires. VAWA, which must be renewed every five years, is not reauthorized by Congress.
March 7, 2013 -
S.47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 is signed into law by President Barack Obama
with new provisions. The new provisions address the needs of illegal immigrant women, Native American women, the LGBT
community and teen dating violence and they reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
March 13, 2013 -
Vice President Joe Biden announces the Obama Administration's Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Demonstration Initiative
as part of the reauthorization of the Violence against Women Act.
July 2013 - The hotline receives its three millionth call.