Violence against Women – The Facts
According to the Statistics Canada:
One-half of all Canadian women have experienced at least one incident of violence since the age of 16 (1993).
One in three Canadian women were victims of assault by a spouse or partner (1993).
Four in ten Canadian women were victims of sexual assault (1993).
Of all the provinces, the highest rate of violence was reported by women in B.C. (59%) (1993).
16% of all Canadian women (1.7 million) have been involved in at least one incident of sexual or physical assault by a date or boyfriend since the age of 16 (1993).
Half of all women who reported an incident of dating violence were between the ages of 18-34 (1993).
24% of women 18 – 24 years had been sexually and/or physically assaulted by a date or boyfriend. This figure is 50 per cent higher than the national figure of 16 per cent (1993).
In Canada, almost 75 women are murdered by their partner each year (2006).
98% of sex offenders are men and 82% of the survivors of these assaults are girls and women (1999).
The Statistics Canada Homicide in Canada 2000 reported that:
Women were the victims in three of four spousal murders.
Police and Crime Summary Statistics for B.C. in 2000 indicate that.
10,121 incidents of spousal assault were reported.
78.2% of the accused were males.
12.9% of the accused were females.
8.9% of reports involved both spouses assaulting each other.
According to the Canadian Crime Statistics, 2000 report:
Male on female violence accounted for the majority (46.5%) of all violent crime in Canada.
37.8% was attributed to male on male violence.
Female on female crime – where women were both the accused and the victim – accounted for 8.1% of the total.
Female on male violence accounted for the lowest percentage of all violent crime in Canada at 7.6%.
In 2000, according to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, globally at least one in three women and girls is beaten or sexually abused in her lifetime.