Violence Against Women - Stats

Violence is always the responsibility of the abuser and is never justifiable. Violence against women transcends class, culture, race, and ethnicity.

Violence Against Women Stats - Lady Looking Up

  • 67% of all Canadians say they personally know at least one woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted
  • On average, every six days a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. In 2009, 67 women were murdered by a current or former spouse or boyfriend
  • Over half of Canadian women have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16
  • On any given day in Canada, more than 3,000 women (along with their 2,500 children) are living in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence
  • Violence against women exists in all cultures, ages, religions, sexual orientations, educational backgrounds and income levels.  Our calls come from a range of socio-economic backgrounds who may not all access shelters but still require critical and immediate assistance
  • In just one year in Canada, 427,000 women over the age of 15 reported they had been sexually assaulted. Since only about 10% of all sexual assaults are reported to the police, the actual number is much higher
  • The cost of violence against women in Canada for health care, criminal justice, social services, and lost wages and productivity has been calculated at $7.4 billion per year
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  1. Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile 2005, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Statistics Canada, page 34
  2. Homicide in Canada, 2009, Sara Beattie and Adam Cotter, Juristat, Volume 30, Number 3, Statistics Canada, page 14
  3. The Violence Against Women Survey, Statistics Canada, 1993. Although more up-to-date data would be preferable, no future Statistics Canada survey asked women about their life-time experience of violence.
  4. What Their Stories Tell Us: Research findings from the Sisters In Spirit initiative, Native Women’s Association of Canada, 2010, p. 18.5. Canada: Missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls: Families deserve answers – and justice, Amnesty International, Media Release March 8, 2011
  5. Sexual Assault in Canada 2004 and 2007, Shannon Brennan and Andrea Taylor-Butts,
  6. Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Statistics Canada, 2008, p. 12. . This figure is for 2004.
    6 Ibid, p. 6
  7. Measuring Violence Against Women: Statistical Trends 2006, Statistics Canada, p. 34.
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