What effect does domestic violence have on children? What should I do if I think someone is being abused? Since abusers often express deep remorse and promise to change, it can take years for women to admit that the violence will never stop and the relationship is unsalvageable.
Sources Domestic abuse is often a gradual process, with the frequency of assaults and seriousness of the violence slowly escalating over time.
This fact sheet answers some frequently asked questions about violence against women in Canada, with a focus on domestic violence. In 2014, 67 women were killed by their intimate partners; this number divided by 365 days in the year comes out to 5.4.
See The Facts About Sexual Assault and Harassment for more information on those forms of violence against women. Since crime rates in Canada are falling, is violence against women still a serious problem? Isn't there less domestic violence now than in the past? Available: Shelters for Abused Women in Canada, 2014, Statistics Canada, Available at:
Out of the 4,476 women and 3,493 children staying in shelters on the snapshot date of April 16, 2014, 78% (or 3,491 women and 2,742 children) were there primarily because of abuse. Available:  Women and alcohol: Social Perspectives, Patsy Staddon, Policy Press, 2015. id=jk MMCg AAQBAJ&pg=PT87&lpg=PT87&dq=double+standard+about+alcohol+for+women&source=bl&ots=Ko Ozsfduga&sig=cc RO08Zccm7Qiahs Gca T154u AK0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ah UKEwj Jg ZX8uo XOAh XHp YMKHf Ak AT04Ch Do AQg9MAc#v=onepage&q=double%20standard%20about%20alcohol%20for%20women&f=false  Criminal Victimization in Canada, 2014, Statistics Canada.
Shelters for abused Women in Canada, 2014, Statistics Canada, calculation based on 201 children and 338 women (539 people total), 56% of whom were turned away from shelters already at capacity on the snapshot date of April 16, 2014. In a Shelter Voices 2016 snapshot survey, 305 women and children were turned away from shelters due to lack of capacity: Shelter Voices, Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters & Transition Houses, 2016, p.1. Available at: Gender Symmetry in Domestic Violence: A Substantive and Methodological Research Review, Michael S.
It’s why we help women who are in immediate danger by funding more than 455 women’s shelters across Canada. Although more up-to-date data would be preferable, no recent Statistics Canada survey has asked women about their life-time experience of violence. Function=get Survey&SDDS=3896&Item_Id=1712 Since publication, this report has been archived by Statistics Canada but the Canadian Women’s Foundation has a hard copy.
We also help women to rebuild their lives after escaping violence, and fund counselling for children who have witnessed violence to help them heal and prevent them from becoming victims or abusers themselves.  Homicide in Canada, 2014, Statistics Canada, Table 6.
Available: Out and Staying Out: Issues Surrounding a Woman’s Ability to Remain Out of an Abusive Relationship, Kimberly E.Horrill and Helene Berman, Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children, The University of Western Ontario, 2004.