Media Contacts

Joanne Whittier

Communications Manager
Ministry of Finance – Gender Equity Office
250 387-0172


Facts about sexual and domestic violence
  • Women are over seven times more likely to report sexual assault than men.
    • Young women (aged 15 to 24 years) are more likely to report sexual assaults than any other age group.
  • The majority (87%) of victims of sexual assaults reported to police are female, particularly young women and girls.
  • One in four (26%) of these sexual assault victims were children aged 13 years and younger.
    • This is more than four times greater than the proportion of child victims of who reported physical assault to police (6%).
  • About two-thirds of domestic violence victims in Canada are women.
  • 82% of working people who have been subjected to domestic violence reported it interfering with work performance.
  • Three to five children in every classroom are exposed to domestic violence.
  • Indigenous women are 3.5 times more likely than non‐Indigenous women to experience violence. The homicide rate is seven times higher.
  • Of self-reported incidents of sexualized violence, only one in five completes the court process, and less than half are convicted.
  • LBGBTQ2S+ people are more than twice as likely to be victims of violence than their heterosexual counterparts.
  • In Canada, most provinces and the federal government require employers to provide paid leave for victims of domestic or sexual violence ranging from two to five days.