Similarly, estimates from the Australian Women's Safety Survey, which strictly focused on the prevalence of physical and sexual violence experienced by women and the nature of this violence, reported that 8% of women have experienced at least one incidence of violence, perpetrated by an intimate partner.
These cross–national estimates capture the reported (actual or threatened) violent incidents from crime victim surveys.
However, Canada has been a forerunner in collecting these data through methods other than crime surveys.
Statistics Canada has completed several comprehensive telephone surveys on the topic of family violence (Statistics Canada 2001; 2004a, 2005).
In the divorce literature, high–conflict couples are identified as those that require extensive and lengthy court involvement to resolve disputes post–separation.
Family violence issues are present in a majority (but not all) of high conflict separations (Jaffe, Austin, & Poisson, 1995; Johnston, 1994).
The last nationally conducted survey found that an estimated 16 percent of married Americans experienced domestic violence within the previous year.
That means that approximately 8.7 million couples have been affected by domestic violence (Hines, Saudino 2002).
It was something that they were used to and had seen many times.
These findings however, did not only apply to intimate relationships, but rather to life in general.