Who does it happen to?

• 1 in 4 young women know someone who has been forced to have sex. (Regan & Kelly, 2001) 

• Over half of young people know someone who has been hit by a male partner. (Burton et al., 1998) 

• A study showed that 32% of students in one secondary school were currently experiencing some form of domestic abuse (Alexander et al., 2005) 

• A US study showed that 7 out of 10 teenagers have experienced abusive/controlling behaviour from a partner (Teen Dating Relationships Survey, 2008) 

• The same study said that 11% of the teenagers studied had experienced physical abuse in a relationship. (Teen Dating Relationships Survey, 2008) 

What do young people think about abusive behaviour in relationships? 

• 36% of boys think that they might personally hit a woman or force her to have sex. (Burton et al., 1998) 

• 78% of men and 53% of women think that women and girls are ‘often’ or ‘sometimes’ to blame for the violence perpetrated against them. (Burton et al,. 1998) 

• 1 in 2 boys and 1 in 3 girls think there are some circumstances when it is ok to hit a woman or force her to have sex. (Burton et al., 1998) 

• 19% of young women and 34% of young men do not think that being forced to have sex is rape. (Regan & Kelly, 2001)