Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile 2006 Victims Rarely Report AbuseMonday, July 26 2010
Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile 2006 Victims Rarely Report Abuse: StatsCan Report
Victimization surveys have shown that spousal violence frequently = involves multiple incidents. However, a new study examining 10 years of police-reported data shows that most spousal violence is reported to = police on only a single occasion.
The study, which analyzed spousal violence offenders and their contact = with police using a 10-year data file for 1995 to 2004, was published today = in the 2006 edition of Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile. It found that 8 out of every 10 spousal offenders were reported to police = on only one occasion during the 10-year time frame. Persons accused of = repeated spousal violence (those with two to four police-reported incidents of spousal violence) accounted for 18% of the total. Only 1% were = considered chronic abusers, that is they were involved in five or more reported incidents.
These results may be partially explained by the 2004 General Social = Survey (GSS) on victimization that found that only 28% of victims of spousal violence turned to police for help. Incidents that are reported tend to depend on the severity and frequency of the violence, and on whether children were witnesses. Other factors include whether the victim was female, young, Aboriginal or turned to others for support.
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