Prevalence of violence against dating partners by male and female university students worldwide

Murray A. Straus, Tania Aldrighi, Sandra Alvarez, Azman Atan, Irene Boeckmann, Corinne Sieber, Carrie L. Yodanis, Alan Bougere, Douglas Brownridge, Ko Ling Chan, Carolyn Field, Barbara Figueiredo, Bonnie S. Fisher, Marie Helene Gagne, Renee V. Galliher, Geert Goethals, Johan Vervaeke, Russell Hawkins, Martine Hebert, Helmut KuryJoachim Obergfell-Fuchs, Francien Lamers-Winkelman, Lise Laporte, Ignacio Luis Ramirez, Susan D. Rose, Katreena Scott, Thomas W. Segady, Swati Shirwadkar, Christine Walsh, Susan Wurtzburg, Dalit Yassour-Borochowitz, Gyung Ja Yoon, Emily M. Douglas, Patricia C. Ellerson, Ignacio Luis Ramirez, Rose A. Medeiros, Sarah A. Savage

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This article presents rates of violence against dating partners by students at 31 universities in 16 countries (5 in Asia and the Middle East, 2 in Australia-New Zealand, 6 in Europe, 2 in Latin America, 16 in North America). Assault and injury rates are presented for males and females at each of the 31 universities. At the median university, 29% of the students physically assaulted a dating partner in the previous 12 months (range = 17% to 45%) and 7% had physically injured a partner (range = 2% to 20%). The results reveal both important differences and similarities between universities. Perhaps the most important similarity is the high rate of assault perpetrated by both male and female students in all the countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)790-811
Number of pages22
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2004


  • Dating violence
  • Violence against dating partners


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