Police-reported violence involving same-sex intimate partners in Canada, 2009 to 2017

Release date: March 27, 2019
Police-reported violence involving same-sex intimate partners in Canada, 2009 to 2017
Description: Police-reported violence involving same-sex intimate partners in Canada, 2009 to 2017

Police-reported violence involving same-sex intimate partners in Canada, 2009 to 2017

Total same-sex intimate partner violence (IPV) incidents from 2009 to 2017: 22,323.

Of all police-reported IPV incidents, 3% involved same-sex partners.

Same-sex IPV declined 11% from 2009 to 2017.

Number of same-sex IPV incidents from 2009 to 2017
  2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Number of same-sex IPV incidents 2,611 2,706 2,508 2,530 2,430 2,303 2,455 2,453 2,327

Opposite-sex IPV declined 6% from 2009 to 2017.

55% of same-sex IPV incidents were between males

The 12,348 male-male IPV incidents were:

  • 59% Common assault
  • 18% Major assault
  • 12% Uttering threats
  • 5% Criminal harassment
  • 7% Other violations

The 9,975 female-female IPV incidents were:

  • 64% Common assault
  • 12% Major assault
  • 9% Uttering threats
  • 8% Criminal harassment
  • 7% Other violations

Proportions may not add up to 100% due to rounding

Same-sex IPV less often results in charges

65% of same-sex IPV incidents resulted in charges

  • 68% of males accused
  • 61% of females accused

82% of opposite-sex IPV incidents resulted in charges

  • 84% of males accused
  • 71% of females accused

Victims of same-sex IPV more often request no further action against the accused

Type of victim and percentage
Victims Percent
Same-sex males 19
Same-sex females 21
Opposite-sex males 12
Opposite-sex females 7

Includes incidents where an accused person was known and sufficient evidence was obtained to support the laying of a charge, but the complainant refused to proceed with charges against the accused. As a result, police used discretion to not lay or recommend a charge.

For more information, see the full Juristat article:
Police-reported violence among same-sex intimate partners in Canada, 2009 to 2017.

Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Uniform Crime Reporting Survey (Trend Database).

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