Family Violence Victims (Gender)

Definition:

Family victims of police-reported violent crime and traffic offences causing bodily harm or death, by gender of victim, expressed as a rate per 100,000 population.

Methods and Limitations:

Family victims include victims of family members related by blood, marriage (including common-law, and boyfriends and girlfriends aged 15 years and older living with the victim at the time of the incident) or adoption. Examples of family members include parents, children, siblings, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and in-laws.

In general, for police-reported incidents that involve violations against the person, a victim record is collected for each victim involved in the incident. If an individual is a victim in multiple incidents in the same reference year, that individual will be counted as one victim for each separate incident. Victim age is calculated based on the end date of an incident, as reported by the police. Some victims experience violence over a period of time, which may be considered by the police to be part of one continuous incident and are counted as a single victim.

Rates for total victims are based on populations aged 12 years and older. Rates for victim age and gender groups are calculated based on 100,000 population in each age and gender group.

Data are from the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR2) Trend Database, which contains historical data that permit the analysis of trends since 2009 in the characteristics of incidents, and accused and victim characteristics, such as age, gender and accused-victim relationship. This database includes respondents accounting for 99% of the population of Canada.

The option for police to code victims as “gender diverse” in the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Survey was implemented in 2018. Given that small counts of victims identified as “gender diverse” may exist, the UCR aggregate data available to the public has been recoded to assign these counts to either “male” or “female” to ensure the protection of confidentiality and privacy.

Source(s):

Statistics Canada. Table 35-10-0200-01 Family and non-family victims of police-reported violent crime and traffic offences causing bodily harm or death, by age and gender of victim

Data is updated on Vital Victoria as it becomes available from the data providers.

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