Why it Matters

Why it Matters

Creating a society free from violence and abuse matters because every person deserves to live a life free from harm. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case today as shown by the following report where we remind ourselves there are real people behind each of these statistics.

Since 1998, The Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics has been providing data on the nature and extent of family violence in Canada, as well as analysis of trends over time. The most recent edition of the report features an in-depth analysis of self-reported stalking in Canada as well as police-reported data on family violence in general, intimate partner violence specifically, family violence against children and youth, and family violence against seniors.

Some findings include:

  • Almost 2 million Canadians in the five years preceding the 2014 General Social Survey (GSS) on Canadians’ safety (Victimization) were victims of stalking. This represented about 8% of women and 5% of men aged 15 and older.
  • Half of stalking victims reported that their stalker was someone they knew other than an intimate partner (49%), while 27% were stalked by strangers. Current or former intimate partners were identified by 21% of victims.
  • Family violence victims are most often female, aged 30 to 34.
  • 20% of male family violence victims experience major assault.
  • Under one-quarter of people accused of family violence are female.
  • In 2016, there were approximately 54,900 child and youth victims (aged 17 and younger) of police-reported violent crime in Canada.
  • Children and youth represented around one in six (16%) victims of violent crime.
  • In 2016, more than 10,300 seniors (65 years and older) were victims of police-reported violent crime in Canada.
  • Of these victims, one-third (34%) were victimized by a family member such as their child, spouse, sibling or another type of family member.
  • Six in ten (58%) senior victims of family violence were female, with a rate 19% higher than that of male seniors.

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