Saskatchewan continues to have the highest provincial rates of family violence and spousal violence in the country, according to the most recent Statistics Canada report, and the numbers aren’t close.
Among domestic violence incidents reported to police in 2022, Saskatchewan had 730 incidents per 100,000 population. Manitoba comes next with 585 incidents, with the other provinces between 200 and 400.
Among domestic violence incidents reported to police in 2022, Saskatchewan had 732 incidents per 100,000 population. Manitoba ranked second with 633 incidents, while the other provinces were again in the range of 200 to 400.
Statistics Canada said overall rates of family violence were more than twice as high for women and girls and more than three times higher when it came to spousal violence.
Although the overall number of incidents reported by police remained unchanged between 2022 and 2021, the report indicates that both forms of violence have increased by 19% since 2014.
The report also notes that family violence against children and youth across Canada increased by 38 percent between 2014 and 2022, but saw a slight decrease between 2022 and the previous year.
“Young victims are unique in that they may be unaware that they are victims, unsure how to seek help, unable to report their victimization, and dependent on the perpetrator. Research has indicated that, although a similar proportion of girls and boys experience childhood victimization, a lower proportion of boys report their experiences to authorities,” the report said.
It also highlighted a sharp increase in incidents of domestic violence between 2014 and 2022 among people aged 25 to 64 (up 32%) and among people over 65 (up 42%).
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That being said, eight in ten victims reporting domestic violence in 2022 were women and girls.
Cara Bahr, CEO of YWCA Saskatoon, said in September they had to turn away 4,253 women, children and youth in 2022 due to the shelter being at capacity.
The YWCAs in Saskatoon and Regina are working to expand their facilities so they can work with more women and families experiencing violence.
Bahr said it takes an average of seven to eight times for a woman to leave her abuser.
If you or someone you know is experiencing violence or is involved in a violent situation, please visit Canadian Resource Center for Victims of Crime to help. They can also be reached toll-free at 1-877-232-2610.
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