Infographic: Women and Criminal Victimization

Infographic: Women and Criminal Victimization
Infographic: Women and Criminal Victimization

Violence against women is an important issue that impacts individuals, families and society as a whole. It also acts as a barrier to gender equality in Canada and around the world.

  1. 2014: Over 1.2 million violent victimization incidents (self-reported* by women)

    Violent victimizations include sexual assault, robbery and physical assault.

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    This represents 56% of all violent incidents.

    *The two primary sources of data are police-reported crime data, and self-reported victimization. Self-reported incidents may not have come to the attention of the police and were collected through the General Social Survey on Canadians' safety.

  2. 2015: 88.2% of sexual assault victims are female.

  3. Risk Factors

    Violence can affect anyone, but some factors can put individuals at higher risk of being victimized.

  4. Young Women

    Violent victimization was the highest among young women in this age category with 215 incidents per 1,000 population.

    Rates of victimization decline with age
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    Aged 25 to 34 128 incidents*
    Aged 35 to 44 68 incidents*
    Aged 45 to 54 68 incidents*
    Aged 55 to 64 42 incidents*
    Aged 64 and older 14 incidents*

    *per 1,000 population

  5. Indigenous Women (experienced violence at a rate of 2.7 times higher than non-Indigenous women in 2014.)

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    2015
    24% of all female homicide victims were Indigenous
    1980
    9% of all female homicide victims were Indigenous

  6. Lesbian and Bisexual Women (experienced violence at more than twice the rate reported by gay and bisexual men in 2014.)

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    Lesbian and bisexual women: 281 incidents*
    Gay and bisexual men: 121 incidents*
    *per 1,000 population

These highlights were taken from the “Women in the Criminal Justice System” chapter of the 7th edition of Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report.

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