Senior Women Face Disproportionate Rates of Family Violence

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The 2021 Statistics Canada report on police-reported violence against seniors (65-89) reveals that senior women are more likely to face family violence than senior men. This includes violence from spouses, children, siblings, and other family, like grandchildren.

Gender distribution within family violence: 58% women and 42% men.

In particular, senior women are 2.2 times more likely than senior men to experience spousal violence which includes violence from current and former legally married spouses and common-law partners.

Gender distribution within spousal violence: 69% women and 31% men.

Source: Statistics Canada. 2021. Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile, 2019. Catalogue no. 85-002-X.