Statistics Canada today released a report on Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile, 2011
"Family violence accounted for 26% of all police-reported violent
crime in 2011, a proportion similar to 2010. About half (49%) of the
nearly 95,000 victims of family violence were in a current or previous
spousal relationship with the accused, including both common-law and
legally married partnerships.
An additional 18% of victims were children of the accused, 13% were
extended family members, 11% were siblings and 9% were parents, often in
their senior years."
"Similar to overall police-reported crime trends, police-reported
violence against family members appears to be declining, with decreases
seen in both homicides and assaults. In 2011, the rate of family
homicides per million was 47% lower than in 1981. More recently, rates
of physical assault against family members have fallen by 6%
since 2009 and sexual assault by 5%."
"The most frequent type of family violence offence reported to police
in 2011 remained common assault, which includes pushing, slapping and
punching, without serious physical injury. The next most frequently
reported offence was major assault, which involves a weapon or results
in bodily harm, followed by the offence of uttering threats."
"As in previous years, the majority of victims of family violence were
females. They represented 80% of spousal victims, 63% of parents
victimized, 58% of extended family members victimized, 57% of child
victims and 57% of sibling victims."
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