Residential facilities for victims of abuse in Canada, 2017/2018

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Release date: April 17, 2019
Residential facilities for victims of abuse in Canada, 2017/2018
Description: Residential facilities for victims of abuse in Canada, 2017/2018

Residential facilities for victims of abuse in Canada, 2017/2018

552 Facilities

428 short-term

124 long-term

68,106 annual admissions:

  • Women: 60.3%
  • Children: 39.6%
  • Men: 0.1 %

Snapshot DayFootnote 1

  • 6,500 short-term beds, 78% were occupied
  • 36% of short-term facilities were considered full on snapshot day.
  • 669 women were turned away, 82% because the facility was full.

9 in 10 residents were there due to abuse.

Top challenges facing residents and facilities

Residents:

  • 77% lack of affordable, appropriate long-term housing upon departure
  • 50% underemployment and low incomes

Facilities:

  • 46% lack of funding
  • 38% lack of permanent housing in the community

Almost 1 in 5 short-term facilities had average lengths of stay of 3 months or more.

Percentage of short-term facilities with average lengths of stay of three months or more
Province or territory Percent
Canada 18
Newfoundland and Labrador 15
Prince Edward Island 0
Nova Scotia 17
New Brunswick 8
Quebec 8
Ontario 30
Manitoba 28
Saskatchewan 13
Alberta 5
British Columbia 22
Yukon 33
Northwest Territories 0
Nunavut 20

Note: Short-term facilities include those with an expected length of stay of less than three months. Long-term facilities include those with an expected length of stay of three months or longer.

For more information, see the full Juristat article: Canadian residential facilities for victims of abuse, 2017/2018.

Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Survey of Residential Facilities for Victims of Abuse.

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