Facts in Brief

Abuse can happen in any family, at anytime, no matter one’s age, sexual orientation, level of income, or devotion to one another.

  • The abuse can be verbal, emotional, sexual or physical.
  • Conflict most often begins when the abuser needs to either maintain or regain power and control in the relationship.
  • Common areas for conflict include determination on how money is spent, and over the management of the children.
  • Female partners in a common-law relationship are four times more likely to be victims of violence than married women.
  • Violence is more likely to increase when the wife is pregnant.
  • Immigrant and minority women are more prone to domestic abuse, less likely to report it, and find it harder to get help when they try to leave abusive home environments.
  • Family violence isolates children, damages their self-esteem, and can spawn psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, feelings of guilt and suicidal tendencies.
  • In 50-70% of cases where one parent is abusing the other, the children are being abused as well.
  • Growing up in a violent home can lead some people to turn against their own children when they become parents, or to abuse their adult partners.
  • 50% of Canadian women who were physically assaulted also experienced sexual assault by the same partner.

 

Sources:
Royal Canadian Mounted Police; Canadian Panel on Violence Against Women;
Grant L. Martin, PhD; Canadian Council on Social Development; Statistics Canada.