Chart 1 Females most likely victims of dating violence, 2008 Description 1.
Includes a person with whom the victim had a sexual relationship or a mutual sexual attraction but to which none of the other relationship options apply.
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.
Chart 2 For females the highest rates of dating violence involved victims aged 30 to 34, and those aged 35 to 39 for males, 2008 Description Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding.
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.
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).Over 8 in 10 victims of violence in dating relationships were female.This rate was similar for both current and former boyfriend/girlfriend relationships.Results of the 2004 General Social Survey (GSS) found that most victims of spousal violence (72%) did not report the abuse to police.In fact, only 36% of female victims and 17% of male victims had contact with police as a result of the abuse (Mihorean, 2005).