|Violence Against Women Statistics
Source: The statistics are taken from "the facts about violence against women" by the Canadian Women's Foundation.
- Half of all women in Canada 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.
- 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.
- Each year, over 40,000 arrests result from domestic violence-that's about 12% of all violent crime in Canada. Since only 22% of all incidents are reported to the police, the real number is much higher.
- As of 2010, there were 582 known cases of missing or murdered Aboriginal women in Canada.Both Amnesty International and the United Nations have called upon the Canadian government to take action on this issue, without success.
- 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
- About 80% of sex trafficking victims in Canada are women and girls.
- 61% of all Canadians say they personally know at least one woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted.
- More than one in ten Canadian women say they have been stalked by someone in a way that made them fear for their life.
- The cost of violence against women in Canada for health care, criminal justice, social services, and lost wages and productivity has been calculated at $4.2 billion per year.
|For immediate help call (416) 724 1316 Julliette's Place Crisis Line, or
Call 1-866-863-0511 Assaulted Women's Help Line
|Type of Abuse
Physical Abuse includes bodily harm, discomfort or injury including hitting, punching, slapping, kicking, pushing, burning, biting, torture, restraining, assault with a weapon, withholding of food and/or medical care, and/or murder.
Psychological/Emotional Abuse is any act that provokes fear, diminishes the woman's dignity or sense of self-worth, and/or intentionally inflicts psychological trauma as a means of exerting power and control over the woman. Psychological abuse can include criticism, degradation, humiliation, excessive possessiveness, threats (suicidal, homicidal, deportation, kidnapping children, harming family, friends and/or pets), controlling a person's daily activities, social isolation, and/or purposeful destruction of property and/or pets.
Sexual Abuse includes any act of forced sexual activity, sexual harassment, unwanted sexual touching, the refusal to use protection from STD's or unwanted pregnancy during sex, and forced exposure to, or participation in pornography or prostitution.
Verbal Abuse is the use of vexatious comments that are known or that ought to be known to be unwelcome, threatening, degrading, offensive, and/or embarrassing.
Economic/Financial Abuse is the misuse of an individual's money or belongings by another individual. Economic abuse includes, but is not limited to the withholding and/or restricting of money needed for food and/or clothing; denying the right to seek and/or maintain employment; taking personal money; denying independent access to money; and/or excluding the victim from financial decision-making.
Spiritual Abuse includes degrading another person's spiritual beliefs, withholding the means to practice, and/or forcing adherence to a belief system.
|Bill of Rights for Abused Women
Source: Adapted from "Battered Wives and Powerlessness" by Patricia G. Ball and Elizabeth Wymen. Courtesy of Peel Committee Against Women Abuse
- I have the right not to be abused.
- I have the right to anger over past abuse.
- I have the right to change the situation.
- I have the right to freedom from fear of abuse.
- I have the right to request and expect assistance from police or social agencies.
- I have the right to share my feelings and not be isolated from others.
- I have the right to want a better role model of communication for my children.
- I have the right to be treated like an adult.
- I have the right to leave the abusive environment.
- I have the right to privacy.
- I have the right to express my own thoughts and feelings.
- I have the right to develop my individual talents and abilities.
- I have the right to legally prosecute the abusing spouse.
- I have the right not to be perfect.