The Facts about Gender-Based Violence

At the Canadian Women’s Foundation, our vision is for all women in Canada to live free from violence.

Women in Canada live at greater risk than men of domestic violence, sexual assault and harassment, and sex trafficking.

Why is it urgent to address gender-based violence?

  • Because it costs women their lives: approximately every six days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner.
  • Violence against women costs taxpayers and the government billions of dollars every year: Canadians collectively spend $7.4 billion to deal with the aftermath of spousal violence alone.
  • It has a profound effect on children: Children who witness violence in the home have twice the rate of psychiatric disorders as children from non-violent homes.

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