Very little funding is given to anti-violence organizations to accrue and analyse our statistics about violence against women. This results in minimal statistical information coming from feminist non-governmental agencies and often means finding recent statistical data is difficult.  We know from our ongoing work that the following statistics still hold. 

Statistics require women to report what has happened to them and we know that women choose not to tell police or other government agencies, so the numbers are likely higher than what the statistic tells us. Below you will find mainly statistics on violence against women and statistics related to women's equality issues.


Wife Murder in British Columbia 2015 

Wife Murder in British Columbia 2014


World Health Organization (WHO): Global and regional estimates of violence against women 2013

Executive summary 

Full report

The Truth as We Know It
Important information about violence against women compiled by Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter Collective in the mid 80's. 'The Truth as We Know It' was one of our first attempts to understand male violence against women by analysing the experiences women have told us about male violence. Read more

Abused Women in Shelters
Statistics Canada, 2010. Read Report

Measuring Violence Against Women:Statistical Trends.
Statistics Canada 2006. Read Report

Fact Sheet on Violence Against Women and Girls
by Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women 2002. Read the fact sheet

United Nations Ending Violence Against Women: From Words to Action, 2006
This U.N. Report 2006 finds 1 in 3 women suffer severe male violence. United Nations Chief Kofi Annan states there is compelling evidence that violence against women is severe and pervasive throughout the world: Summary and Fact sheet.

The FREDA Centre for Research on Violence against Women and Children Statistics Read more

World Health Organization Multi-country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence against Women, 2005
This report confirms what feminists already know that violence against women is widespread. This report focuses on violence against women as a health issue and has 15 recommendations to strengthen national commitment and action on violence against women. Read more

Backlash and Whiplash: A critique of Statistics Canada's 1999 General Social Survey on Victimization 



Poverty is still very much a women's issue. While there have been improvements in the past decade or so, women are still more likely than men to be living with a low income. But statistics on low income do not tell the full story of women's poverty. Read more

Women are also affected by poverty in different ways, depending upon their age, race, ethnicity, linguistic background, ability, sexual orientation, citizenship, etc. Statistics provide some important indications of women’s poverty in Canada, but experiences of poverty are much more complex than the picture created by numbers alone. Read more

Perspectives on Labour and Income: Minimum Wage

Statistics reveal women are the poorest and make up the majority of minimum wage earners. Read more