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Non-spousal violence among Aboriginal people

Chart 24 Self-reported non-spousal violent victimization, Canada's ten provinces, 2009

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Aboriginal people are more likely than non-Aboriginal people to be the victim of non-spousal violence

In 2009, 12% of Aboriginal people reported being the victim of at least one non-spousal violent crime, more than double the proportion of non-Aboriginal people (5%). Aboriginal people self-reported 173,600 non-spousal violent incidents representing a rate of 198 violent incidents for every 1,000 Aboriginal people, compared with 94 violent incidents for every 1,000 non-Aboriginal people.

Of all non-spousal violent incidents reported by Aboriginal people, assaults were the most common, at 107Note E incidents per 1,000. Assaults were also the most common type of victimization self-reported by non-Aboriginal victims (58 per 1,000). However, the gap between Aboriginal (70Note E incidents per 1,000) and non-Aboriginal victims (23 per 1,000) was proportionally greater for sexual assaults.

For additional information, see Violent victimization of Aboriginal people in the Canadian provinces, 2009.

Spousal violence among Aboriginal people

Chart 25 Self-reported spousal victimization in preceding five years, Canada's ten provinces, 2009

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Aboriginal people were almost twice as likely as non-Aboriginal people to report being a victim of spousal violence

Aboriginal people who had a spouse or common-law partner in the five years preceding the survey year (2009) were more likely than non-Aboriginal people to report being the victim of a sexual or physical assault by their spouse. Aboriginal people (10%) were almost twice as likely as non-Aboriginal people (6%) to report having been a victim of spousal violence in the five years preceding the survey.

In particular, Aboriginal women were at greater risk than non-Aboriginal women of being victims of spousal violence. About 15% of Aboriginal women who had a spouse or common-law partner in the past years preceding the survey reported being a victim of spousal violence, more than twice the proportion among non-Aboriginal women (6%).

For additional information, see Violent victimization of Aboriginal people in the Canadian provinces, 2009.

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