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The numbers are alarming.

  • Women continue to be the most likely victims of police reported domestic violence, accounting for 83% of victims compared to 17% to men.
  • Domestic violence accounts for 14% of all police-reported violent incidents in Ontario.
  • 51% of women in Canada have experienced at least one incidence of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16.
  • 40% of women with disabilities have been assaulted, raped or abused.
  • A sexual assault can have serious health implications for women, both physically and emotionally. In 9 out of 10 sexual assaults, women report feeling anger, fear, being more cautious and less trusting. 30% of sexually assaulted women contemplate suicide.
  • 61% of rape victims are under the age of 18, and one third of them reported being victimized by someone they dated.
  • More than one third of women who work outside the home have been sexually harassed on the job, and almost one half of female students at Canadian universities report having been sexually harassed on campus.
  • 21% of abused women are assaulted during pregnancy.
  • Almost 40% of women assaulted by spouses said their children witnessed the violence against them, and in many cases the violence was severe.
  • Aboriginal women are three times more likely to experience spousal violence than non-Aboriginal women.
  • 52% of women escaping abusive situations were admitted to Ontario shelters with their children, and 69% of these children were under the age of 10.
  • 36% of female victims of spousal violence and less than 10% of victims of sexual assault reported these crimes to the police.
  • 1 in 5 homicides in Canada involves the killing of an intimate partner.
  • In 50% of all ex-partner homicides against women, the woman was killed within two months of leaving the relationship.
  • Spousal violence is twice as common among homosexual couples compared to heterosexual couples.

These facts are taken from Statistics Canada's Measuring Violence Against Women: Statistical Trends 2006.