Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile, 2014

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Release date: January 21, 2016 Correction date: December 7, 2021

Correction Notice

On December 7, 2021, findings that indicated equal prevalence of males and females who experienced violence committed by a current or former spouse or common-law partner were corrected to reflect that they were in fact different to a statistically significant degree: males = 4.2% and females = 3.5%.


Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile is an annual report produced by the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics under the Federal Family Violence Initiative. Since 1998, this annual report has provided the most current data on the nature and extent of family violence in Canada, as well as trends over time, and has been used to monitor changes that inform policy makers and the public.

The layout of the Family Violence report has changed, and presents sections in a fact sheet format allowing readers to find data points quickly. Using 2014 police-reported data from the Uniform Crime Reporting Survey (UCR) and Homicide Survey, each section contains detailed data tables accompanied by highlights of the key findings.

This year’s report also features an in-depth analysis of self-reported incidents of spousal violence, using data from the 2014 General Social Survey on victimization. This featured section examines the nature and prevalence of self-reported spousal violence in Canada. The analysis examines rates of spousal violence from 2004 to 2014, and because the information provided in this section is collected from individuals (self-reported), it includes incidents that were reported to police as well as those that were not. The featured section also provides analysis of the socio-demographic risk factors linked to spousal violence, the impacts and consequences for victims and the police reporting behaviour of victims.

In this report, ‘family’ refers to relationships defined through blood, marriage, common-law partnership, foster care, or adoption; ‘family violence’ refers to violent criminal offences, where the perpetrator is a family member.

Section 1: Trends in self-reported spousal violence in Canada, 2014
Section 2: Police-reported family violence in Canada, 2014 - An overview
Section 3: Police-reported intimate partner violence
Section 4: Police-reported family violence against children and youth
Section 5: Police-reported family violence against seniors
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