Objectives: We investigated physical assault in dating relationships and its co-occurrence with sexual assault from high school through college.
Methods: Two classes of university women (n = 1569) completed 5 surveys during their 4 years in college.
Results: Women who were physically assaulted as adolescents were at greater risk for revictimization during their freshman year (relative risk = 2.96); each subsequent year, women who have experienced violence remained at greater risk for revictimization than those who have not. Across all years, women who were physically assaulted in any year were significantly more likely to be sexually assaulted that same year. Adolescent victimization was a better predictor of college victimization than was childhood victimization.
Conclusions: There is a need for dating violence prevention/intervention programs in high school and college and for research on factors that reduce revictimization.