Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics Profile Series

    Multiple Victimization in Canada, 2004


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    • In 2004, persons who reported having been the victim of more than one violent crime during the past year represented 2% of the population, but had experienced 60% of all violent crimes.
    • Among those Canadians who reported having been victims of a crime in the 12 months preceding the survey, 38% said they had been victimized more than once. Of those, half were victimized twice while the other half were victimized three or more times.
    • In 2004, young people, Aboriginals, single people, those involved in a large number of evening activities and who consumed alcohol more often were proportionally more likely to have reported being a victim of more than one violent crime.
    • People who rented their home, lived in urban areas and resided in neighbourhoods with a higher proportion of single-parent families were more likely to be victims of a property crime more than once.
    • While most Canadians, in 2004, reported being satisfied with their personal safety from crime, those reporting multiple victimizations expressed lower satisfaction with their safety compared to one-time victims and those that were not victimized in the 12 months preceding the survey.
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