When it comes to teen dating, boys are more likely to report being the victim of violence — hit, slapped, or pushed — than girls, a new study has found. The researchers found that overall, fewer teens are experiencing physical abuse from their dating partners, with five percent of teens reporting it in 2013, down six percent from 2003.

However, the team also found that 5.8 percent of boys and 4.2 percent of girls said they had experienced violence from their partners in the past year.

“A lot of our interventions assume that the girl is always the victim, but these findings tell us that it isn’t always so,” said senior author Elizabeth Saewyc, Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

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