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Cross-sectional self-report data were collected from 1751 students aged 16–19 at six FE settings in England and Wales.

Factor analysis examined the structure of DRV victimization by gender.

and the UK Home Office definition reflects a continuum of DRV.

To establish a suitable measure of DRV, this article considers the prevalence of different forms of DRV within a relationship, together with the severity and frequency of these behaviours, relative to young people in England and Wales.

In this context, less severe behaviours occurring only once may not be considered to constitute DRV whereas other, more serious behaviours happening even once may be sufficient to warrant DRV classification.

Among females, 46.1% experienced controlling behaviours and 31.6% threatening behaviours; 49.9% of males experienced controlling behaviours, 27.1% threatening behaviours and 5.8% online sexual violence.

The odds of DRV victimization were 2–8 times greater for males and 2–4 times greater for females who had ever sent a sexually explicit image.

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