Characteristics of female perpetrators and victims of dating violence

Police-reported data show that, in 2013, married and common-law spouses were as likely as dating partners to experience intimate partner violence (34% versus 33%).

As is the case for violence against children and seniors, the majority of victims of police-reported intimate partner violence are female.

The proportion of those victimized by a dating partner declined as the victims’ age increased, falling from 70% for the 20 to 24 age group to 57% for the 25 to 29 age group.

In contrast, the majority of intimate partner victims aged 30 and older were victimized by a spouse.

Police-reported data for 2013 show that nearly one third (30%) of youth aged 15 to 19 years who experienced intimate partner violence had been victimized by a former dating partner (Table 2.2).

Those aged 30 to 34 years (569.6 per 100,000) and 35 to 39 years (485.7 per 100,000) had the next highest rates, while the rate for persons aged 15 to 19 years was similar to that for victims in their early forties (398.7 per 100,000 and 403.0 per 100,000, respectively).

Violence after a break-up was more common among ex-dating partners (20%) than among ex-spouses (13%), a tendency that was true for both men and women.

Two thirds (nearly 61,000) of victims of intimate partner violence were victimized by a current intimate partner.

This likely reflects the increase in the proportion of married and common-law spouses, and the decrease in the proportion of dating partners over time.

Women and men in their thirties, for example, are more likely than those in their twenties to be married or living in a common law relationship (Milan, 2013).


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