Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to navigation Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content


See also: Injury: Women's Health Topics A-Z

Below are links to information related to violence. Click on the tabs or scroll down to view general information and programs, research, statistics and guidelines on this topic.

Research, Recommendations and Guidelines


Understanding Sex Trafficking
Sex trafficking exploits women, men, and children across the United States and around the world. Preventing this violation of health, safety, and human rights is necessary for the well-being of people and communities. Learn more about resources that prevention practitioners can use to help.

Understanding Evidence
The tool is an interactive Web resource that supports public health practitioners in making evidence-informed decisions around violence prevention.

CDC Updates Sexual Violence Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements for Improved Data Collection, Version 2.0
The latest information available for standardizing sexual violence surveillance definitions and data elements is provided. Better quality and timely data collection for incidence and prevalence estimates can be useful for a wide audience.


Prevent Domestic Violence in Your Community
A key strategy in preventing domestic violence is the promotion of respectful, nonviolent relationships through individual, community, and societal level change. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month; enhance prevention efforts in your community.

Understanding and Preventing Violence: Summary of Research Activities, Summer 2013
This resource only summarizes CDC's current research that is supported by cooperative agreements, contracts, and grants. This research fills critical knowledge gaps and strengthens our ability to prevent violence and its consequences. This document does not summarize DVP's surveillance or programmatic activities that are important complements to research and critical components to preventing violence.

Connecting the Dots: An Overview of the Links Among Multiple Forms of Violence
Connecting the Dots is a new resource co-developed by CDC and Prevention Institute. This brief shares research on connections between different forms of violence and describes how these connections affect communities. Presentation slides are also available.

Prevalence and Characteristics of Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence Victimization —
National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, United States, 2011

This report describes the overall prevalence of sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence victimization; racial/ethnic variation in prevalence; how types of perpetrators vary by violence type; and the age at which victimization typically begins. For intimate partner violence, the report also examines a range of negative impacts experienced as a result of victimization, including the need for services.

Free Violence Prevention Course
The training—which offers continuing education credits through CDC—teaches the: key concepts of primary prevention, public health approach, and social-ecological model. Participants complete interactive exercises to learn to help prevent five types of violence: child abuse and neglect, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, suicide, and youth violence.

CDC Grand Rounds: A Public Health Approach to Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence
Women are more likely to experience severe physical (24.3%) and sexual violence from a partner, and twice as likely to be killed.

Surveillance for Violent Deaths — National Violent Death Reporting System, 16 States, 2010
Female suicide rates were highest among non-Hispanic AI/ANs followed by non-Hispanic whites. Among females, the lowest rates of suicide were among non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics.


New Materials from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS)
New materials include a brochure, 2010 Summary Findings, Findings by Sexual Orientation, and Customizable Template fact sheets, and are accessible on CDCV's Violence Prevention webpage.

Suicide Among Adults Aged 35–64 Years - United States, 1999-2010
The suicide rate for women increased 31.5%, from 6.2 to 8.1. Among women, suicide rates increased with age, and the largest percentage increase in suicide rate was observed among women aged 60–64 years (59.7%, from 4.4 to 7.0). Among American Indian/Alaska Natives, the suicide rate for women increased 81.4%, from 5.7 to 10.3. Among whites, the rate for women increased 41.9%.

Sexual Assault Awareness
Sexual violence is a very serious public health problem that affects millions of women and men. In the United States, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men have been raped in their lifetime and nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced other forms of sexual violence at some point in their lives.

Teen Dating Violence
Dating violence can happen to any teen in a romantic, dating, or sexual relationship, anytime, anywhere. But it doesn't have to happen at all. Learn how to prevent teen dating violence and promote healthy relationships with CDC's online resources.