Facts/Statistics on Domestic Violence

  • 1 in 4 women have experienced some form of domestic violence at some point in their life.
  • Every year in Canada, about 360,000 children are exposed to domestic violence. (United Nations)
  • 6 in 10 Canadian incidents of spousal homicide involved a history of domestic violence, of which police were aware (Statistics Canada)
  • In 2011, 8 in 10 victims of police-reported intimate partner violence were women (Statistics Canada)
  • Over 1 in 10 female spousal victims were pregnant at the time of the violence (Statistics Canada)
  • 67% of all Canadians say they personally know at least one woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted. (Statistics Canada)
  • An Ontario study found that women were assaulted, on average, 35 times before contacting the police
  • Women under 25, women with disabilities, Aboriginal women and women living common-law experience higher rates of spousal violence (Statistics Canada)
  • The emotional and behavioural effects experienced by children who witness violence against their mothers may be similar to those suffered by children who are themselves physically abused.  (Suderman, M., Jaffe, P., and Watson, L.)
  • Every minute of every day, a Canadian woman or child is sexually assaulted.  (Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women)
  • Myth:  Domestic abuse is ‘normal’ behaviour in a relationship