According to police-reported data, those between 30 and 39 years of age were at highest risk of being victims of dating violence and these rates declined steadily with age (Chart 2).Among female victims, the highest rates of dating violence involved victims between the ages of 30 and 34 (591 per 100,000 unmarried population), while for males it was 35 to 39 years of age (132 per 100,000 unmarried population).Chart 1 Females most likely victims of dating violence, 2008 Description 1.
Over 8 in 10 victims of violence in dating relationships were female.
This rate was similar for both current and former boyfriend/girlfriend relationships.
Estimates of physical and sexual coercion among college students are even higher, ranging from 20% to 30% (Wekerle , 2009).
This report examines the prevalence and characteristics of incidents of police-reported dating violence in Canada.
The prevalence of dating violence varies by study, depending on the definition of violence used and the age of respondents.
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.
More than half (57%) of dating violence incidents in 2008 were perpetrated by a former partner (Table 2).
As is the case for spousal violence (Taylor-Butts, 2009; Bressan, 2008), females accounted for the majority of victims of police-reported dating violence in 2008.
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