Wednesday 17 April 2013

Statistics on Violence Against Women in British Columbia & Canada

Finding the best and most relevant statistical information can be tough. Statistical reporting is often done by governments covering federal, provincial, or local jurisdictions, and may measure changes over time. Sometimes data sets are available, but have not yet been interpreted. Sometimes the most recent statistics compiled may be many years old as it takes time to interpret and compile the data collected.

Beyond these large reports, we often rely on reports from organizations (grey literature), such as a report by a particular organization on their client group, or published journal articles which gather research data on a population or service or geographical area which can help to paint a picture of issues relating to the state of violence against women.

To find all of our publications on statistics and surveys in the BCSTH Library Catalogue, click on the "Statistic & Surveys" Reading List.

Here are some key, recent statistical publications from our Library Catalogue.

1. BC Census of Women Served by Programs to End Violence

Each year since 2009, BCSTH has conducted a one-day census to find out how many people are served by programs to end violence against women. The full report is released in April 2013, during Prevention of Violence Against Women Week.

"In 2012, initial findings show that programs across BC supported 1,772 women and 943 children [on one day]. Fifteen women were pregnant. Forty-two of these women were threatened by a gun. However, 260 women, many of them mothers, were unable to get the support they needed, and 338 children remained on waiting lists for Children Who Witness Abuse Programs or were unable to get the support they needed."
Other jurisdictions conduct similar surveys, such as the US National Network to End Domestic Violence Annual Census.

Other examples of BC reports in the catalogue include Intimate partner violence in British Columbia, 2003-2011. Burnaby, BC: : Ministry of Justice, Office of the Chief Coroner, 2012.

2. Statistics Canada Reports

Stats Can has produced Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile for many years, with more specific analysis in articles (see 2004 and previous years, e.g., homicide, children, older adults, etc). The most recent report is from 2010, published in 2011.

Juristat is Stats Canada's journal, containing articles based on this Stats Can data. Browse the many articles available, such as Measuring Violence Against Women: Statistical Trends, released February 25, 2013. [most current report we have]

Stats Canada has also conducted a Transition Home Survey for many years with these Fact Sheets about the provinces and territories, including British Columbia (see table).

 3. Cost of Violence Against Women

This is an often-asked question and these reports are available:
Want More? There are many other report and surveys available in the BCSTH Library Reading List on "Statistics & Surveys".

Please visit the BCSTH Library to learn more about resources and information services developed especially for members of the BC Society of Transition Houses, and contact us for more information. 

Deb & Tina, Co-Librarians
BC Society of Transition Houses
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada