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Sexual Violence Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements

Cover of Sexual Violence SurveillanceSexual violence is a significant public health problem in the United States. However, measuring the problem can be difficult when  terminology and data elements for sexual violence are not consistent. Without consistency, we cannot monitor or track trends for sexual violence to determine the scope of the problem. In the effort to continually improve sexual violence data collection, CDC's Injury Center has updated Sexual Violence Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements. Through an extensive consultation process with researchers and practitioners, this document includes the latest information available for standardizing sexual violence surveillance definitions and data elements. Better quality and timely data collection for incidence and prevalence estimates can be useful for a wide audience, including policymakers, researchers, public health practitioners, victim advocates, service providers, and media professionals.

View, download or print Sexual Violence Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements, Version 2.0 [PDF 1.55MB]

Clarification on the Definition of Spouse


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