Abuse (learn more…)

Spousal abuse refers to the violence or mistreatment that a woman or a man may experience at the hands of a marital, common-law or same-sex partner.

  • Of the 19 million Canadians who had a current or former spouse in 2009, approximately 6% reported being physically or sexually victimized.
  • Canadians aged 25 to 34 were three times more likely than those aged 45 and older to report being physically or sexually assaulted by a current spouse.
  • In 2009, less than one-quarter (22%) of spousal violence victims stated that the police found out about the incident.
  • In 2009, one in ten victims of spousal violence (10%) stated that they obtained a restraining or protective order against their abuser.
  • In addition to physical injuries, more than three-quarters of spousal violence victims reported being emotionally affected, and in 2007, over 53,000 children and youth were the victims of a police-reported assault in 2007.

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