Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics Profile Series

    Household Income and Victimization in Canada, 2004


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    • Rates of violent crime victimization, including physical assault, sexual assault and robbery, were at least 1.5 times greater for Canadians from low-income households (i.e., under $15,000) compared to those from higher household income groups.

    • Motor vehicle theft, theft of household property and vandalism rates for low-income households were nearly half those of high income households.

    • Canadians from low-income households were no more likely than their counterparts from other income groups to report their victimizations to police. However, they were more likely to experience a disruption to their daily activities as a result of their victimization.

    • Canadians from low-income households were more likely than those from higher income households to believe their neighbourhoods had higher crime rates than elsewhere and to report socially disruptive conditions in their neighbourhoods.

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