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Over 8 in 10 victims of violence in dating relationships were female.This rate was similar for both current and former boyfriend/girlfriend relationships.
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).
However, the Incident based Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR2) Survey and the Homicide Survey collect annual data on incidents of violence that were reported to police as well as detailed information about their victims and offenders.
Using both of these data sources, it is possible to examine incidents of violence perpetrated by dating partners by identifying the relationship between the victim and the accused.
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.
More than half (57%) of dating violence incidents in 2008 were perpetrated by a former partner (Table 2).