About 99,000 Canadians were victim to police-reported domestic violence in 2010, according to a Statistics Canada report, with Saint John, N.B., having the highest rate per 100,000 people and Ottawa having the lowest.
The report indicates almost half of the reports had a spouse accused of the violence. Women were also almost twice as likely to be a victim of domestic abuse in 2010.
The five highest rates of reported domestic violence in Canadian cities per a population of 100,000 people were, in order:
- Saint John, N.B.
- Saskatoon, Sask.
- Kelowna, B.C.
- Abbotsford-Mission, B.C.
- Gatineau, Que.
Ottawa had the lowest rate of reported domestic violence per a population of 100,000 people in 2010. The five cities who reported the least amount of family violence were:
- Guelph, Ont.
- Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont.
- St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont.
- Peterborough, Ont.
Of the provinces, Ontario had the lowest police-reported rates. The highest province was Newfoundland and Labrador.
The two other key findings in the report had reported dating violence higher than spousal violence, and more children reported witnessing domestic violence in 2009 compared to 2004.