Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile, 2016

Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile is an annual report produced by the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics under the Federal Family Violence Initiative. Since 1998, this report has provided current data on the nature and extent of family violence in Canada, as well as analysis of trends over time. The information presented here is used extensively to monitor changes that inform policy makers and the public.

The 2016 edition of the report features an in-depth analysis of self-reported stalking in Canada, using data from the 2014 General Social Survey on Canadians’ Safety (Victimization). This featured section examines the nature and prevalence of self-reported stalking, including how stalking behaviour has changed over time. A particular focus on intimate partner stalking is also presented, including an overview of how stalking that occurs in the context of these relationships differs from other kinds of stalking in important ways. The featured section also provides a multivariate analysis of various risk factors that impact the odds of stalking victimization, both within and outside of intimate partner relationships.

As in past years, this year’s report also includes sections dedicated to police-reported data on family violence in general, intimate partner violence specifically, family violence against children and youth, and family violence against seniors. Presented in a fact sheet format accompanied by detailed data tables, these sections provide readers with key findings for 2016 from the Uniform Crime Reporting Survey and the Homicide Survey. For the first time in 2016, these sections also include an analysis of persons accused of family violence.

In this report, ‘family’ refers to relationships defined through blood, marriage, common-law partnership, foster care or adoption; ‘family violence’ refers to violent criminal offences where the perpetrator is a family member of the victim, as defined above.

Download the full 2016 report by clicking here.

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Shelter Voices 2017


We are pleased to announce the release of Shelter Voices 2017, the fourth national survey of tranition houses and shelters serving women and children affected by violence against women and intimate partner violence. This one-day snapshot from 193 shelters across the country offers a sense of the hopes, challenges, and experiences of shelter workers and the women they serve. This year’s edition of Shelter Voices also focuses on perpetrators’ misuse of technology to harm and harass women, youth, and children. We hope that this resource will assist you in the prevention and advocacy work you do in your local communities. Please find Shelter Voices 2017 attached or view it online here.

Kaitlin Bardswich, Communications and Development Coordinator

Women’s Shelters Canada  |

New under-one-roof community hub to service women in Northumberland

COBOURG, ON – A new under-one-roof community service hub to support women who have experienced domestic violence or sexual assault is opening in Northumberland County. The Hub, which is operated by Thrive: Northumberland Coalition to End Violence is a walk-in service that operates every Monday from 9am to 1pm.   The Hub will be located inside Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre, 40 Swayne Street, Cobourg. All services provided at the Community Hub are free and confidential. Free parking and childcare is provided.

Thrive Northumberland is a coalition of community agencies dedicated to breaking the cycle of violence for women living in the County. The Thrive Violence Against Women Community Hub is based on a provincial framework of best practice. It works to enhance the level of service made available to women who have experienced abuse or violence through community collaboration. The Hub provides women with immediate access to essential onsite support services, ensuring confidential consultations, and facilitating direct referrals to offsite partners.

“The Thrive Community Hub is designed to provide access to multiple services at one location for women 16+ who experienced abuse or violence,” says Nicole Beatty, consultant to the project. “Women can choose from a multitude of services, including family court information, crisis counseling, links to shelters, primary health care, Ontario Works income and employment support as part of her personal action plan.”

The services provided at the Hub focus on four key areas of support for women: crisis counseling, safety planning, legal counseling, and housing and income support.   Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre, Northumberland Community Counseling Centre, Highland Shores Children’s Aid, Northumberland County Community and Social Services, The Help Centre and the Port Hope Northumberland Community Health Centre will provide onsite counseling and support. There are also an additional 30+ community partners that women will be able to be referred to by visiting the Hub.

“Freedom from domestic abuse is a fundamental human right for everyone,” says Beatty. “The Thrive Northumberland Coalition to End Violence believes that everyone is responsible for ending violence against women and creating a violence-free community. Our Community Hub is coordinated help under one roof for women in Northumberland County who have experienced abuse or violence. This is a safe place for women to come and receive immediate, direct and inclusive support.”

The Thrive Northumberland Community Hub opens on Monday, May 15th. For more information visit or email