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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: Does dating violence victimization reported by high school students vary by demographics?
A: Yes, regardless of behavior, female high school students were more likely to report dating violence victimization than males, while heterosexual students were less like to report victimization than gay, lesbian, bisexual students, and those not sure of their sexual identity.

Characteristics of dating violence victimization reported by high school students, 2019

Demographics Physical dating violence Sexual dating violence
All high school students 8.2% 8.2%
Male 7.0% 3.8%
Female 9.3% 12.6%
White* 7.5% 8.1%
Black* 8.2% 6.2%
Hispanic or Latino 8.9% 8.7%
American Indian/Alaska Native* 15.3% NA
Asian* 6.2% 8.3%
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander* NA NA
Multiple Race* 9.5% 10.1%
9th 5.6% 8.0%
10th 8.1% 7.6%
11th 8.7% 8.4%
12th 9.8% 8.6%
Sexual identity
Heterosexual 7.2% 6.7%
Gay, lesbian, bisexual 13.1% 16.4%
Not sure 16.9% 15.0%

*Excludes persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Persons of Hispanic ethnicity can be any race.
NA: Too few respondents to develop a reliable estimate.
Notes: The reference period for each question was 12 months prior to the survey.
Physical dating violence: Being physically hurt on purpose [such as being hit, slammed into something, or injured with an object or weapon] by someone they were dating or going out with.
Sexual dating violence: Being forced to do sexual things [such as kissing, touching, or being physically forced to have sexual intercourse] that they did not want to, by someone they were dating or going out with.

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  • High school freshmen were less likely to report physical dating violence victimization than sophomores, juniors, or seniors.
  • White high school students were equally likely to report either type of dating violence victimization as their black and Hispanic peers.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02405.asp?qaDate=2019. Released on February 12, 2021.

Data Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 1991-2019 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline/. Accessed August 2020.

The national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) monitors priority health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults in the United States. The national YRBS is conducted every two years and provides data representative of 9th through 12th grade students in public and private schools throughout the United States.


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