LITTLE ROCK — A new report says 1 in 3 women in Arkansas has experienced rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner.

LITTLE ROCK — A new report says 1 in 3 women in Arkansas has experienced rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report released last week that 37.3 percent of women it surveyed in Arkansas, or 420,000, said they had experienced at least one of those types of violence committed by a partner.

Nationwide, 35.6 percent of women, or 42.4 million, said they had been raped, physically attacked or stalked by an intimate partner.

Among men, 28.5 percent nationwide and 35.6 percent in Arkansas said that a partner had committed at least one of those acts against them.

The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey also found that 1 in 4 women in the U.S. has experienced severe physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner.

“That sounds right,” said Ronda Lewis, development director at the CASA (Committee Against Spouse Abuse) Women’s Shelter in Pine Bluff.

Lewis said the center has served more than 7,000 women since it opened in 1982. It tends to stay near its maximum capacity of 30 women, she said.

“A lot of women don’t even seek shelters. We’re only counting the ones that seek them,” she said.

The CDC’s report is based on telephone interviews with 9,086 women and 7,421 men conducted between January and December of 2010.

The CDC found that 18.3 percent of women in the U.S. and 20.4 percent of women in Arkansas — more than 1 in 5 — have been raped by any perpetrator.

When women were asked if they had experienced sexual violence other than rape by any perpetrator, 44.6 nationwide and 42.2 percent in Arkansas said they had.

Among men, 22.2 percent nationwide and 18.5 percent in Arkansas said they had experienced sexual violence other than rape.

The CDC also found that 16.2 percent of women nationwide and 18.6 percent in Arkansas had been stalked by any perpetrator.

“On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States,” the CDC said in the report. “Over the course of a year, that equals more than 12 million women and men.”

The agency said more than 1 million women are raped in a year and more than 6 million women and men are victims of stalking in a year.

“These findings emphasize that sexual violence, stalking and intimate partner violence are important and widespread public health problems in the United States,” the agency said.

Lewis said she welcomes any new research drawing attention to domestic violence, which she said is a far greater problem than most people realize. That may be especially true in Arkansas, she said.

“I still think we’re working in a state where what goes on in your home stays in your home,” she said.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline, which can refer callers to the CASA Women’s Shelter and other shelters across the country, can be reached at 1-800-799-SAFE.

On the Net:

http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/nisvs/