Dating violence represented 7% of total violent crimes in 2008, and about one quarter of all intimate partner violence (28%) (Table 1).
Similar to incidents of spousal violence, a large proportion of dating violence occurs once the relationship has ended.
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.
This study focuses on the population 15 years of age and older.
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.The 2008 data are based upon information reported by police services covering 98% of the population of Canada.Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Incident-based Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR2) Survey.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).