What are the facts about domestic violence in Canada?

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As Canada’s first shelter for abused women and their children, we at Interval House are all too familiar with the realities of domestic violence. This year, we housed more than 150 women and kids who had fled abuse. And yet domestic violence is still a topic that’s swept under the rug in Canada.

Since this important month is all about shedding light on the realities of domestic violence, we created a new infographic that shows the true magnitude of domestic violence in Canada.

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Domestic Violence in Canada

  • 24% of Ontarians believe that it is possible for someone to bring abuse upon themselves. This belief is higher among men vs. women.
  • One third of Ontarians (33.5%) would not know what to do if they suspected abuse.
  • Only 58.3% of Ontarians would consider intervening in an abusive situation if someone told them that their spouse or partner was abusive.
  • Ontario residents are more likely to consider violence against women their business if it is their relative or friend than if it is their co-worker, neighbour, or teammate.
  • 1 in 6 Canadians say their mother was a victim of domestic abuse. 79% no, 5% prefer not to say.
  • More than 1/3 of Canadians (36%) know a mother who has experienced domestic abuse. 60% no, 4% prefer not to say.
  • 67% of Canadians know at least one woman who has been physically or sexually assaulted.
  • At least one woman is killed by her partner every 6 days in Canada.
  • On one day in Canada, more than 3,700 women and 2,500 children slept in an emergency shelter like Interval House to escape domestic violence.

As the first centre for abused women and children in Canada, we are leaders in the campaign for women’s empowerment, providing innovative, specialized services that help abused women and their children transform their lives and break the cycle of violence.

If you are in crisis, you can call Interval House at 416-924-1491. In an emergency, call the police at 911.


  1. Angus Reid Omnibus Survey, Interval House, February 2015
  2. Angus Reid Omnibus Survey, Interval House, April 2015
  3. Angus Reid Omnibus Survey, Canadian Women’s Foundation, 2012
  4. “Homicide in Canada, 2011,” Statistics Canada, p. 11. Available: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2012001/article/11738-eng.pdf
  5. “Shelter Voices 2015,” Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters & Transition Houses. Available: http://endvaw.ca/sites/endvaw.ca/files/shelter_voices_2015-_eng.pdf]