Gender-Based Violence is defined by the United Nations as ‘harmful acts directed at an individual based on their gender’. Women, girls, and gender-diverse people are more likely to be victims of gender-based violence.
Gender-Based Violence can take many forms. It can mean physical abuse, sexual assault, stalking, harrassment, threats of violence, verbal and emotional abuse, psychological manipulation, and/or financial control.
In an intimate relationship, Gender-Based Violence is used to assert dominance and control over a partner. The abuse tends to take place in private spaces, and perpetrators are generally not violent or abusive to other people.
Gender-Based Violence should not be attributed to anger management issues, alcohol consumption, stress, or mental health challenges.
Gender-Based Violence can lead to homicide.
In Canada, 94 women and girls were killed in the first half of 2021 – an increase of 84% over the previous year.
Approximately every 6 days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner.
Indigenous women in Canada experience significantly higher rates of domestic violence than non-Indigenous women, and disproportionate rates of domestic homicide.
On any given night in Canada, over 6000 women and children sleep in shelters because it isn’t safe for them at home.