The pattern was also corroborated by girls' reports: They commonly admitted to being perpetrators.
"To the average person, this is probably surprising," said Monica Swahn, a professor of epidemiology at Georgia State University who has studied dating violence. girls are far more often the victims of dating violence than boys -- particularly in terms of physical injuries. "One potential reason is that we looked at a high-risk population, and not a nationally representative sample," Reidy said.
For example, they're more than twice as likely as others to consider suicide.
Boys who have faced dating violence are nearly four times as likely to have been bullied online; girls are more than twice as likely.
Boys and girls who have been victims of dating violence are more likely to get into fights, carry a weapon, use alcohol, use marijuana or cocaine and have sex with multiple partners the study says.