Issue 16-12: Spousal Violence

January 21, 2016

In 2014, approximately four percent (nearly 110,300 individuals) of British Columbians who had a current or former spouse or common law partner, reported having been physically and/or sexually abused by their partner during the preceding five years. According to the General Social Survey on victimization, this was down substantially from what was reported a decade earlier (more than seven percent in 2004).

In Canada, equal proportions of men and women reported being victims of spousal violence in 2014 (four percent each), but most severe forms of spousal violence were reported more often by female victims. Less than one in five spousal violence victims reported abuse to police.

Data Source: Statistics Canada