- Physical violence is when a person hurts or tries to hurt a partner by hitting, kicking, or using another type of physical force.
- Sexual violence is forcing or attempting to force a partner to take part in a sex act, sexual touching, or a non-physical sexual event (e.g., sexting) when the partner does not or cannot consent.
- Stalking is a pattern of repeated, unwanted attention and contact by a partner that causes fear or concern for one’s own safety or the safety of someone close to the victim.
- Psychological aggression is the use of verbal and non-verbal communication with the intent to harm another partner mentally or emotionally and/or to exert control over another partner.
IPV is connected to other forms of violence and is related to serious health issues and economic consequences. However, IPV and other forms of violence can be prevented. For more information about IPV definitions please see Intimate Partner Violence Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements, Version 2.0. pdf icon[3.04 MB, 164 Pages, 508].
- 33.9% of women in Wyoming and 30.5% of men in Wyoming experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes.
- In 2019, 2,037 domestic violence incidents were reported to law enforcement and more than 55% of these incidents resulted in an arrest. Almost 88% of these incidents were classified as assaults.3 Many other incidents went unreported.
- On a single day in 2020, Wyoming domestic violence programs served 280 victims and received 108 hotline calls, an average of 5 calls per hour.
- An estimated 16.3% of Wyoming women are stalked in their lifetimes.
- Half of Wyoming domestic violence femicides are committed with firearms.
- Between 2012 and 2019, there were 38 domestic violence murders in Wyoming.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. (2021). Domestic violence in Wyoming. www.ncadv.org/files/Wyoming.pdf
Did you know?
1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.
65% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner; 96% of the victims of these crimes are female.
In 2018, domestic violence accounted for 20% of all violent crime.
Wyoming Specific Resources
The National Domestic Violence Hotline—A non-profit organization that provides real-time crisis intervention, information, and referrals as well as on-line resources.
The National Sexual Assault Hotline—A confidential, secure service that provides live help through the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
1-800-656 HOPE (4673)
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence—An advocacy organization working to prevent domestic violence and empower those affected.
The Academy on Violence & Abuse—An interdisciplinary organization of healthcare professionals dedicated to making violence and abuse a core component of medical and related professional education and clinical care.
Futures Without Violence (formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund)—Works to prevent violence within the home and in the community.
The National Network to End Domestic Violence—A social change organization, is dedicated to creating a social, political, and economic environment in which violence against women no longer exists.
The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence—A comprehensive source of information for those wanting to educate themselves and help others on the many issues related to domestic violence.
US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women—The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) provides federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
The Women’s Law Organization—Provides legal advice and advocacy based on state statutes.
Love is Respect—Provides information and resources for healthy young adult relationships.
MedlinePlus—Provides information for health care professionals and patients about domestic violence; including information in Spanish.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Preventing Intimate Partner Violence Across the Lifespan: A Technical Package of Programs, Policies and Practices
- Intimate Partner Violence Victimization Assessment Instruments for Use in Healthcare Settings
- Preventing Intimate Partner Violence Fact Sheet (2022)
The World Health Organization (WHO)—Preventing Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence Against Women: Taking Action and Generating Evidence
The National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence—Power and Control Wheel
New York City Domestic Violence Task Force—2017 Goals and Recommendations
Futures Without Violence—Compendium of State and US Territory Statutes and Policies on Domestic Violence and Health Care
Cornell Law School—Domestic Violence and the Workplace Model Policy and Toolkit
Workplaces Respond—Model Workplace Policy on Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, and Stalking