Spousal violence more widespread among adults who experienced violence before the age of 15

Québec, May 9, 2017. – In 2014, about 4% 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 physical or sexual violence by a former or current partner over this period. The prevalence of spousal violence may vary according to certain risk factors, and it was observed to be twice as likely to occur among those who experienced some form of childhood abuse. The forms of childhood abuse measured were exposure to violence between adults in the home, physical abuse, and sexual abuse. These findings are based upon the 2014 General Social Survey conducted by Statistics Canada and come from the bulletin Coup d’œil sociodémographique, No. 56, published today by the Institut de la statistique du Québec.

Link between severity of childhood abuse and spousal violence

There were, relatively speaking, three times more victims of spousal violence among individuals who experienced at least two forms of childhood abuse than among all individuals 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. Also, the higher the number of violent incidents experienced before the age of 15, the greater the prevalence of spousal violence.

 


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