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Independent online research by YouGov carried out on behalf of personal safety charity, Suzy Lamplugh Trust and funded by dating service, Match, has found that a third of online daters have been concerned for their personal safety when communicating online (32%) or on meeting (37%) potential partners from a dating website or app. However, over half (56%) of those who have been concerned have never reported the incident to the dating provider.

Around 7.8 million adults in the UK used online dating sites in 2016*, making it the largest single way in which relationships start in Britain today. Whilst the majority are without incident, with 32% of respondents feeling concerned for their safety, and over half not having reported the concern to their dating provider, Suzy Lamplugh Trust believes the number of unreported dating safety concerns could number over a million**.


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