Psychological violence is the most common form of spousal violence

Québec, June 6, 2017. – The bulletin Données sociodémographiques en bref, Vol. 21, No. 3 was released today by the Institut de la statistique du Québec and reports on several forms of spousal violence, namely psychological, economic, physical and sexual violence, as well as criminal harassment. The results are based on the most recent population data available on spousal violence, which come from Statistics Canada’s 2014 General Social Survey.

Psychological violence is the most common form of spousal violence. In 2014, nearly 12% of all individuals in Québec who were married, in a common-law relationship, or who were in a dating relationship or in contact with a former partner over the previous five years experienced psychological violence. The prevalence of physical violence was about 3%, while sexual violence was the type of abuse least often reported at 0.5%.

Violence more likely to be committed by a former partner

An analysis of spousal violence according to the type of relationship shows that the proportion of victims of at least one form of violence was higher among individuals who were in contact with a former partner (40%) than among those who were married or in a common-law relationship (10%).

 


The Institut de la statistique du Québec produces, analyzes and disseminates official, objective and quality statistical information on various aspects of Québec society. It is responsible for carrying out all statistical surveys of general interest. The relevance of its work makes it a strategic ally for decision makers and all those wishing to learn more about Québec.

– 30 –

 

Sources: