Domestic Violence: Issues Facing Women

Domestic Violence

Update December 2021: New report from Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women – click to download .pdf


  • Worldwide, one in three women experiences physical or sexual violence mostly by an intimate partner.
  • Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16.
  • Approximately every six days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. Out of the 83 police-reported intimate partner homicides in 2014, 67 of the victims—over 80%—were women.
  • Women continue to be the predominant victims of domestic violence in Nova Scotia with 72% being women and 22% being men.
  • In 2018, the rate of police-reported incidents of domestic violence against females was over 3 times higher than the rate of police-reported instances of domestic violence against males.


  1. UN Women. 2017. Facts and figures: Ending violence against women.
  2. An Estimation of the Economic Impact of Spousal Violence in Canada, 2009, Department of Justice Canada. Available: – sum
  3. Homicide in Canada, 2014, Statistics Canada, Table 6. In 2014, 67 women were killed by their intimate partners; this number divided by 365 days in the year comes out to 5.4. Available: x/2015001/article/14244/tbl/tbl06-eng.htm
  4. Nova Scotia Domestic Violence Resource Centre. 2019. The Domestic Violence in Nova Scotia 2019 fact sheet.