Violence against women: the absence of data and a national strategy costs us all

A study released today, authored by CCPA research associate Kate McInturff, says that progress on ending violence against women in Canada is stalled by the absence of a coherent national policy and consistent information about the levels of that violence. The study estimates the combined cost of adult sexual assault and intimate partner violence is $334 per person per year in Canada—which puts the cost of these crimes on par with the cost of the use of illegal drugs in Canada (an estimated $262 per person) or the cost of smoking (an estimated $541 per person). Federal public spending to address violence against women, on the other hand, amounted to $2.77 per person for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

Read more in the full report, including recommendations on how we can better address this complex problem: The Gap in the Gender Gap: Violence Against Women in Canada.