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StatsCan finds higher rates of violence experienced by Aboriginal women

June 16, 2011

A recent Statistics Canada report reveals that nearly 13 per cent of Aboriginal women over age 15 reported that they had experienced a physical or sexual assault or robbery in the previous 12 months, a rate almost three times higher than that reported by non-Aboriginal women. The majority of incidents were committed by men who were acting alone. Three-quarters (76 per cent) of the incidents not involving a spouse or common-law partner were reported to police, compared with 70 percent of incidents involving non-Aboriginal women.

The report “Violent Victimization of Aboriginal Women” is available on the Statistics Canada website at

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