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Spousal violence

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In almost every province and territory, victims of spousal violence were more likely to be victimized by a current spouse or common-law partner than by a former spouse or partner. In Nunavut, 97% of spousal abuse in 2006 involved current spouses. In New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, it accounted for 72% of incidents.

In Quebec, victims of spousal violence are almost equally likely to be abused by a former spouse as a current spouse. This may reflect the province’s high divorce rate, as well as the popularity of common-law relationships in Quebec and the higher probability of break-ups among common-law unions compared with marriages.

Assaults are generally higher in the western provinces and territories; in Quebec, criminal harassment (or stalking) and uttering threats are more prevalent.