In the almost 40 years since the first shelter for battered women opened its doors, we have made noticeable progress in dealing with and denouncing domestic violence.

Nevertheless, much still needs to be done and the biggest challenge, in my view, is what to do about men.

Not men as perpetrators — there we seem to have a handle on things. Rather, I'm talking about the hundred thousand or so confirmed male victims who are, often violently, abused by their female partners every year.

It is not just women who are the victims of spousal violence

Kaushee’s Place in Whitehorse has teamed up with the RCMP to offer a new option for women who have been sexually assaulted, but aren't ready to go to the police.

Women can now report the crimes anonymously to Kaushee's Place using what's known as third party reporting. 

Yukon introduces 3rd party reporting for sexual assault

Child abuse affects nearly a third of Canadian adults, according to a new study that finds "robust associations" between exposure to physical and sexual abuse, and mental conditions.

Child abuse affects 1 in 3 Canadian adults, mental health study indicates

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Violence strikes women from all kinds of backgrounds and of all ages. It can happen at work, on the street, or at home. Click on the topics below to learn about different types of violence and ways to stay safe.

Under the banner of free speech, companies like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have been host to rape videos and revenge porn—which makes female users feel anything but free.

The Unsafety Net: How Social Media Turned Against Women

The scale and severity of violence faced by Indigenous women and girls in Canada—First Nations, Inuit and Métis—constitutes a national human rights crisis. Despite the vast scale and entrenched nature of the crisis, and the many calls for action made by Indigenous peoples’ organizations, civil society groups, provincial and territorial government leaders, Parliamentarians, and international and national human rights bodies, the Canadian government has failed to implement a comprehensive and coordinated national response in keeping with the seriousness and pervasiveness of the threats faced by Indigenous women and girls. 


Amanda Dale, executive director of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic which supports women survivors of violence, says the legal deck is stacked in favour of the defendants in sexual assault cases.

The women who file complaints may approach police as victims of a crime, but are treated as mere witnesses to one once a trial gets under way.

Dale said defence lawyers typically make their cases by attacking the victim’s credibility, adding this approach is unique to sex-based charges.


Article: Will The Ghomeshi Case Have A Posititve Impact On The Law Enforcement System For Survivors Of Sexual Assault? 

Reprinted with permission from Legal Aid Ontario's website

If you are experiencing domestic violence, and are in need of immediate help, you can get a two hour consultation with a private lawyer through Legal Aid Ontario’sFamily Violence Authorization Program. Advice on immigration and refugee matters is also available through this program, which is offered through some shelters and community legal clinics

In provinces where compensation/financial assistance programs exist (all provinces except Newfoundland and the territories), victims and survivors of violent crime such as homicide, sexual assault, domestic violence, assault and child sexual abuse and neglect may be eligible for financial compensation/benefits for the crime that was perpetrated against them.

Reprinted with permission from Students exploring inequality in Canada, Memorial University

Domestic violence is a very common occurrence in today’s society and is one of the many inequalities in Canada. Domestic violence and emotional abuse are behaviours used by one person in a relationship to control the other. In many cases, it is assumed the woman is being victimized but in fact, women can often be just as violent as men.


Disclaimer: Welcome to our Find Help listing of services that provide help for victims of crime.  This listing represents only a subset of the many services and supports available to Canadians across Canada and we hope it is helpful for users of the Victim Justice Network site.  For a more comprehensive listing of services helping victims through all stages of their needs, we do encourage you to avail yourselves of your local 211 phone or online services or, alternatively, of your regional community services listings most of which are included in this site under Information and Referral.  The services listed on this site are based on the most recent information available on those services' individual websites in mid-2015.  We will endeavour to review these annually for accuracy and any changes or discontinuation of service.

Décharge: Voici notre liste des services Find Help visant à aider les victimes de crime. Cette liste ne représente qu’une partie des nombreux services et soutiens mis à la disposition des Canadiens dans tout le pays. Nous espérons qu’elle sera utile aux utilisateurs du site de Victim Justice Network. Si vous souhaitez en obtenir une plus complète, à quelque niveau des besoins des victimes que ce soit, n’hésitez pas à appeler votre numéro local 211 ou à utiliser des services en ligne ou encore les listes de services communautaires régionaux, services qui, pour la plupart, sont indiqués sur ce site sous la rubrique Information and Referral. Ces services ont été relevés dans les toutes dernières informations disponibles à la mi-2015 sur les sites pertinents. Nous nous efforcerons de les revoir chaque année pour qu’ils restent à jour.