Thanks to the tireless work of the staff and research department at the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter these statistics are available to the public.
STATISTICS AND RESEARCH
In our last fiscal year, the Calgary Women’s Emergency 24-Hour Family Violence Helpline received 11,886 calls.
In our last fiscal year, the total number of clients Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter served was 14,387.
1 in 2 women will experience one incident of physical or sexualized violence.
This figure does not include the many other types of abuse. Source: Statistics Canada Report, “Violence Against Women Survey”
74% of Albertans report that they personally know at least one woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted.
This figure does not factor in the countless women who do not tell anyone about the assault(s) nor does it factor in any other type of abuse besides physical and sexualized violence.
Source: Canadian Women’s Foundation “Angus Reid Omnibus Survey” from 2012.
In Canada, a woman is killed by her intimate partner every 5 days.
Source: Statistics Canada, 2016
Family violence and abuse costs Canada an estimated $7.4 Billion every year.
This figure is derived from costs associated with health care, criminal justice, social services, and lost wages/productivity. Sources: Canadian Women’s Foundation.
Calgary Police Service responds to approximately 19,000 domestic violence calls each year.
Source: Calgary Police Service
Why Violence Prevention Programming Matters for Youth:
Youth who experience dating violence are up to 2x more likely to experience physical, intimate partner violence later in life
Exner-Cortens, D., Eckenrod, J., Bunge, J., & Rothman, E. (2017). Revictimization After Adolescent Dating Violence in a Matched, National Sample of Youth. Journal of Adolescent Health, 60(2), 176 -183.
Children who witness 10 or more incidents of parental domestic violence before the age of 16 are at least twice as likely to attempt suicide
The Association Between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Suicide Attempts in a Population-based Study, 2016, Child: Care, Health and Development
Each year in Canada, it is estimated that up to 362,000 children witness or experience family violence.
Behind Closed Doors: The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children, Joint report by UNICEF, The Body Shop International, and the Secretariat for the United Nations Secretary-General’s Study on Violence Against Children, 2006.
Dating violence is the highest among the 15-24 age group.
Youth under 18 represented 22% of the Canadian population in 2004 but made up 58% of victims of sexual offenses
1 in 3 youth report knowing a friend or peer who has been physically abused by their partner
1 in 5 girls who have been in a relationship have had their boyfriend threaten violence or self-harm if presented with a break-up
Liz Claiborne Inc. study on teen dating abuse conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, February 2005
Young women between the ages of 15 to 24 are killed nearly three times the rate for all female victims of domestic homicide
2009 Annual Statistical Report, Toronto Police Services, p. 17
Approximately 19% of teens experienced dating violence in the last year
Exner-Cortens, D., Eckenrod, J., Bunge, J., & Rothman, E. (2017). Revictimization After Adolescent Dating Violence in a Matched, National Sample of Youth. Journal of Adolescent Health, 60(2), 176 -183