Teen dating violence canada
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.Among those that have engaged in a dating relationship, 55% had their first dating relationship by the age of 12.Intimate partner violence (IPV) in adolescents is an important realm of study as, in addition to the usual negative effects of abuse, this violence occurs at a critical period in the social and mental development of a person.
The research has mainly focused on Caucasian youth, and there are yet no studies which focus specifically on IPV in adolescent same-sex romantic relationships.
By contrast, boys are more likely to report experiencing less severe acts, such as being pinched, slapped, scratched or kicked.
Girls are more likely to report committing less serious forms of IPV, including as a means of self-defense, whereas boys are more likely to report committing more severe acts of IPV, including threats, physical violence and controlling a partner.
Claire Crooks, Canadian Women’s Foundation Board Member and a lead developer and researcher of the Canadian Women’s Foundation funded Fourth R, a healthy relationship-based program aimed at preventing violence and related risk behaviours in adolescents.
“When we look at the glorification of violence against women in popular culture and the peer dynamics of adolescents, it is not surprising that jealousy and control can been seen as signs of devotion and caring, not abuse.” Canadian Women’s Foundation has invested in teen school-based and community healthy relationship programs for more than 15 years, and has recently received funding from Status of Women Canada to develop a national learning strategy on teen healthy relationships.