Table 7
Incident clearance status of dating violence cases by sex of victim, 2008

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Incident clearance status Total Sex of victim
Female Male
number percent number percent number percent
Cleared by charge 15,647 69 13,341 71 2,306 57
Cleared otherwise total1 3,776 17 2,782 15 994 25
Not cleared2 3,375 15 2,622 14 753 19
Total victims of dating violence 22,798 100 18,745 100 4,053 100
1. Reasons for an incident being cleared otherwise include: departmental discretion, complainant declined to lay charges, reasons beyond department control, suicide of accused, death of accused, death of witness/complainant, committal of accused to mental hospital, accused in foreign country, accused involved in other incidents, already sentenced, and diversionary program.
2. Refers to incidents where there is evidence of the identity of the accused in relation to the victim but where the incident was not cleared by charge or cleared otherwise (e.g., incidents where there is not enough information available about the accused to issue a warrant for arrest).
Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding. Excludes incidents where the sex and/or the age of the victim was unknown. Includes victims aged 15 to 98. Dating violence refers to violence committed by current and former boyfriends/girlfriends and other intimate partners. The 2008 data are based upon information reported by police services covering 98% of the population of Canada.
Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Incident-based Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR2) Survey.
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