The 2008 data are based upon information reported by police services covering 98% of the population of Canada.
Over 8 in 10 victims of violence in dating relationships were female.
This rate was similar for both current and former boyfriend/girlfriend relationships.
The ratio of female to male victims was lower for "other intimate relationships" with females accounting for nearly two-thirds (62%) of victims (Chart 1).
This difference may be attributed in part to the relatively high proportion of same-sex relationships classified as other intimate relationships (see Text Box 2).
This study focuses on the population 15 years of age and older.
This sample was selected to draw comparisons between the characteristics of dating violence incidents with previous analyses of police-reported spousal violence in Canada.
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.
Dating violence represented 7% of total violent crimes in 2008, and about one quarter of all intimate partner violence (28%) (Table 1).