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Unsurprisingly, statistics concerning intimate partner violence vary widely from study to study and year to year. And because abuse is not widely discussed by both victims and perpetrators, many speculate intimate partner violence is probably vastly under-reported.

In the United States the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey found four out of 10 non-Hispanic Black women, American Indian, or Alaskan Native women, and one in two multi-racial non-Hispanic women have been a victim of physical violence, rape, and/or stalking by a partner in their lifetime.

Because the reasons for abuse are so hard to understand, the higher rates of domestic violence among ethnic minorities cannot be explained by a single motivating factor.