1.9 Million Women, Have Experienced IPV

The NISVS estimates that 37.7% of PA women, or 1.9 million women, have experienced IPV. Almost 20% of PA women, or 977K, are estimated to be victims of stalking. These numbers are estimates because currently, the Commonwealth does not collect data on the number of PA individuals victimized by IPV. Data from the number of individuals who obtain assistance from IPV programs does not accurately reflect the number of abused women because it is estimated that only one in six victims of IPV receives services from a domestic violence service provider. Many victims are not aware of the existence of free services. Additionally, many victims do not report incidences of IPV because they view IPV as a private family matter, believe the situation will improve without intervention, fear retaliation if they seek intervention, are concerned the police will not believe them or protect them, or fear loss of custody of their children. All of these factors hinder victims of IPV from seeking assistance.

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