Statistics about dating violence

The following percentages of dating teens reported experiencing forms of abuse: An NIJ-funded longitudinal study of 1,162 students in the Midwest examined the prevalence of several kinds of abuse that male and female middle and high school students experienced and perpetrated in teen dating relationships. About one-third of girls and boys (35 percent and 36 percent, respectively) reported experiencing physical violence in a teen dating relationship. Verbal emotional abuse was the most common form of abuse in teen dating relationships for both girls and boys: 73 percent of girls and 66 percent of boys reported experiencing at least one instance of verbal abuse in a dating relationship in high school.

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

Assaults by romantic partners often aren't isolated events.

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Twenty-one percent of high school girls have been physically or sexually assaulted by someone they dated -- a figure twice as high as previously estimated, a new study shows.

Although dating violence occurs at any stage of life, most of the Canadian research published to date has focused on high school, college or university students (Wekerle , 2009)(Straus, 2004)(De Keseredy & Kelly, 1993).

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