The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Surveillance System (NISVSS)
Intimate partner violence (IPV), sexual violence (SV), and stalking are important public health problems with serious consequences and costs to individuals, families, communities and society. Growth in research has occurred during the past twenty years with respect to these forms of violence. Still, there is a lack of reliable information on the amount and frequency of IPV, SV, and stalking victimization at the national and state levels.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), in collaboration with the National Institutes of Justice (NIJ), and the Department of Defense (DoD), has developed the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Surveillance System (NISVSS). Beginning in 2010, NISVSS will collect ongoing population-based surveillance data, generating accurate and reliable incidence and prevalence estimates for IPV, SV, and stalking victimization. The survey will be conducted among English and/or Spanish-speaking male and female adults (18 years and older) living in the United States. In addition, over-sampling for American Indian and Alaska Natives will provide important information on these underserved and understudied populations. During the first year, data will also be collected from: 1) female members of the active duty component of the US Armed Forces (Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy); and 2) female spouses of married male service members.

These data will help inform public policies and prevention strategies at both the national and state levels and will help guide and evaluate progress toward reducing the substantial health, social, and economic burdens associated with IPV, SV, and stalking.