Dating violence against boys

Similar to incidents of spousal violence, a large proportion of dating violence occurs once the relationship has ended.

More than half (57%) of dating violence incidents in 2008 were perpetrated by a former partner (Table 2).

This sample was selected to draw comparisons between the characteristics of dating violence incidents with previous analyses of police-reported spousal violence in Canada.

The 1993 Violence Against Women Survey (VAWS) found that 16% of women had experienced physical or sexual violence in a dating relationship since the age of 16.

Estimates of physical and sexual coercion among college students are even higher, ranging from 20% to 30% (Wekerle , 2009).

Excludes incidents where the sex and/or the age of the victim was unknown. Dating violence refers to violence committed by current and former boyfriends/girlfriends and other intimate partners.

Most studies of self-reported dating violence (see Archer, 2000) indicate that young people between the ages of 15 and 24 have the highest risk of dating violence.

Close to 23,000 incidents of dating violence were reported to police in 2008.

Dating violence represented 7% of total violent crimes in 2008, and about one quarter of all intimate partner violence (28%) (Table 1).

This rate was similar for both current and former boyfriend/girlfriend relationships.

The ratio of female to male victims was lower for "other intimate relationships" with females accounting for nearly two-thirds (62%) of victims (Chart 1).

by Tina Hotton Mahony Prevalence of police-reported dating violence Victims of dating violence most likely to be female Differences in rates of dating violence between the sexes decline with age Increase in police-reported rates of dating violence Common assault most likely offence in dating violence Similar proportion of male and female victims of dating violence sustained injuries More than 4 in 10 incidents of dating violence occur in the victim's home Dating violence involving female victims more likely to lead to charges Homicides perpetrated in dating relationships Summary Methodology Detailed data tables References Notes According to results of the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY), approximately 71% of youth in Canada report being in a dating relationship by the age of 15.

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