Youth Dating Violence Prevention 101

What Everyone Needs to Know

Youth Dating Violence by the Numbers

How Often Does Youth Dating Violence Occur?

  • Physical & sexual YDV have more accurate estimates than emotional/psychological & cyber YDV in US/Canada.
  • All following % are based on reported victimization.
  • Best estimate: Wincentak, K., Connolly, J., & Card, N. (2017). Youth Dating Violence: A meta-analytic review of prevalence rates. Psychology of Violence, 7(2), 224-241.

20

PHYSICAL

9

SEXUAL
  • Emotional/psychological and cyber dating violence: (Leen et al., 2013; Stonard et al., 2014)

35-36

EMOTIONAL & PSYCHOLOGICAL

10-30

CYBER
  • By gender: (Wincentak, Connolly, & Card, 2017; Leen et al., 2013; Zweig, Dank, Yahner, & Lachman, 2013)
Girls Boys
Physical 21% 21%
Sexual 14% 8%
Emotional / Psychological 35%-55.5% 45-54%
Cyber 29% 21%
  • Girls experience sexual violence (and cyber violence involving sexual elements), stalking, and severe physical violence at much higher rates than boys
  • Data are lacking on transgender and gender non-conforming youth, so there is currently no accurate estimate for these groups. However, preliminary research strongly suggests that both transgender and gender non-conforming youth experience YDV more often than their cis-gender counterparts.