News from Statistics Canada
The objective of the Victim Services Survey was to collect information on victim service agencies that provided services directly to primary or secondary victims of crime during the 12-month reference period, as well as to provide a one-day snapshot of clientele being served on a specific date. Information on activities by criminal injuries compensation/financial benefit programs during the 12-month reference period was also collected.
This Statistics Canada report presents results from the Legal Aid Survey, which collects information on the operation of Canada's 13 legal aid plans.
According to Statistics Canada, in 2009, nearly 13 per cent of Aboriginal women aged 15 or older who lived in the provinces self-reported they had been the victim of one or more violent crimes in the 12 months prior to the survey.
The 2009 General Social Survey from Statistics Canada found that self-reported spousal violence remained stable from 2004, when the survey was last conducted. Similar to 2004, 6% of Canadians with a current or former spouse reported being physically or sexually victimized by their spouse in the 5 years preceding the survey.
Statistics Canada reports that in 2008, nearly 23,000 incidents of "dating violence" were reported to police.
The focus of this year's Statistics Canada report is a profile of shelters that provide residential services to women and children fleeing abusive situations.