Incidents of dating violence involving younger victims between the ages of 12 and 14 are examined separately (see Text Box 3).
For the purpose of this analysis, incidents involving boyfriends and girlfriends living with the suspect at the time of the offence were removed from the sample since these may be considered common-law relationships does not have specific offences pertaining to dating violence.
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Adolescents who experience dating violence are not only at an increased risk of being physically injured, but are also more likely to report binge drinking, suicide attempts, physical fighting, and sexual activity.
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).
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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.
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.