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

Murray A. Straus, University System of New Hampshire
Tania Aldrighi, Mackenzie Presbyterian University
Sandra Alvarez, Indiana State University
Azman Atan, Nanyang Technological University
Irene Boeckmann, University of Fribourg
Corinne Sieber, University of Fribourg
Carrie L. Yodanis, University of Fribourg
Alan Bougere, Jackson State University
Douglas Brownridge, University of Manitoba
Ko Ling Chan, The University of Hong Kong
Carolyn Field, Elizabethtown College
Barbara Figueiredo, Universidade do Minho
Bonnie S. Fisher, University of Cincinnati
Marie Helene Gagne, Université Laval
Renee V. Galliher, Utah State University
Geert Goethals, KU Leuven
Johan Vervaeke, KU Leuven
Russell Hawkins, University of South Australia
Martine Hebert, Université du Québec à Montréal
Helmut Kury, Universität Freiburg im Breisgau
Joachim Obergfell-Fuchs, Universität Freiburg im Breisgau
Francien Lamers-Winkelman, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Lise Laporte, Research Institute for the Social Development of Children
Ignacio Luis Ramirez, Texas Tech University
Susan D. Rose, Dickinson College
Katreena Scott, University of Toronto
Thomas W. Segady, Austin State Hospital
Swati Shirwadkar, Savitribai Phule Pune University
Christine Walsh, McMaster University
Susan Wurtzburg, University of Canterbury
Dalit Yassour-Borochowitz, Emek Yezreel College
Gyung Ja Yoon, Dong Eui University
Emily M. Douglas
Patricia C. Ellerson


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.