Research and canada and dating violence
has conducted extensive research during the development of its dating violence prevention programs.
The following facts and figures establish youth as a high-risk population for becoming victims of sexual assault and dating abuse.
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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.
Studies indicate that dating violence can happen to anyone, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or location of residence.
It happens in both adolescent and adult relationships.
This report examines the prevalence and characteristics of incidents of police-reported dating violence in Canada.
Dating partners include both casual dates and individuals in long-term dating relationships.
All three forms of abuse — physical, sexual and emotional — can coexist, or the abuse can be characterized by any one of the three.
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Five years after they were first victimized, the study found female victims had almost 1.5 times greater risk for experiencing physical violence from an adult partner; male victims had almost twice the risk for experiencing romantic violence.