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).
The prevalence of dating violence varies by study, depending on the definition of violence used and the age of respondents.
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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.
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.
Estimates of physical and sexual coercion among college students are even higher, ranging from 20% to 30% (Wekerle , 2009).
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.
In this study, violence includes physical violence (such as homicide, assault, sexual assault, threats) as well as harassment.