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  • According to the GSS, there were over two million violent incidents in Canada in 2004 against persons 15 years of age and over of which one-quarter resulted in an injury. Approximately 24% of these injurious incidents resulted in the victim seeking medical attention, while for 20% of incidents victims required bed rest.
  • Slightly less than a third of injurious violent incidents resulted in victims having their day-to-day activities disrupted for a period of one day (31%), while in 27% of incidents the disruption lasted two to three days. In 18% of incidents, victims were unable to carry-out their daily activities for more than two weeks.
  • A majority of household and property-related incidents resulted in a loss of under $500 (60%), while for 15% of incidents losses of more than $1,000 were reported.
  • A majority of incidents impacted victims emotionally (78%), while a minority of incidents did not affect victims at all (21%). Overall, a larger proportion of victims of non-violent incidents felt angry (41%) relative to victims of violent incidents (32%). Regardless of the type of victimization one-fifth of victims felt upset and expressed confusion and/or frustration as a result of their victimization.
  • Results from the GSS found that a larger proportion of victims of violence (32%) reported sleeping problems than non-victims (17%). In addition, a larger proportion of female victims (37%) of violent victimization reported experiencing sleeping problems relative to their male counterparts (28%).
  • According to the GSS, just under one-third of victims of violence (30%) installed new locks or security bars, whereas this was the case for one-tenth of non-victims (10%).
  • Overall, victims were found to feel less safe than non-victims. For example, a smaller proportion of victims of violent incidents (37%) reported feeling very safe walking alone after dark than did non-victims (46%).
  • Just under one-fifth (18%) of women who had been victims of violence reported feeling very safe walking alone after dark, which was a much lower proportion than that reported by their male counterparts (49%).

 


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