Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile, 2019

by Shana Conroy, Canadian Centre for Justice and Community Safety Statistics

Release date: March 2, 2021

Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile is an annual report produced by the Canadian Centre for Justice and Community Safety Statistics at Statistics Canada as part of the Federal Family Violence Initiative. Since 1998, this report has provided data on the nature and extent of family violence in Canada, as well as an analysis of trends over time. The information presented is used extensively to monitor changes that inform policy makers and the public.

The 2019 edition of the report begins with an overview of police-reported family violence. The sections that follow present police-reported data dedicated to family violence against children and youth, intimate partner violence and family violence against seniors.

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, lockdown measures and safety protocols brought increased attention to the issue of family violence. While the latest annual police-reported data on this subject are from the 2019 Uniform Crime Reporting Survey and predate the pandemic, the data establish a baseline for future analysis of its impact on families in Canada. In the meantime, following a special data collection initiative, information from police services on selected types of crime during the first several months of the COVID-19 pandemic provide insight into crime during this period. These data, and information from police about calls for service, are discussed in the first section of this report for additional context.

Section 1: Police-reported family violence in Canada, 2019
Section 2: Police-reported family violence against children and youth in Canada, 2019
Section 3: Police-reported intimate partner violence in Canada, 2019
Section 4: Police-reported family violence against seniors in Canada, 2019
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