Women by far suffer from violent acts by their spouses.
However, men are victims as well.
Results of a 2019 study by Statistics Canada shows that 2.7 percent of men in the country experienced violence from their spouses in the five years preceding the survey.
The good news is that the rate has fallen from 1999, when 6.6 percent reported spousal violence in the five years preceding that year.
That’s a 60 percent decrease in the rate of spousal violence against men, which was bigger compared to women.
Statistics Canada reported that in 1999, 8.3 percent of women were victims of spousal violence in the preceding five years.
This rate dropped to 4.2 percent in 2019, for a decrease of 49 percent.
“Among victims of spousal violence, experiences differed for women and men,” the agency stated in a report Wednesday (October 6).
In particular, it was “more common for women who were victims to be pushed, grabbed or shoved (72% compared with 52% of men), sexually assaulted (17% compared with 7.4%) or choked (14% compared with 3.4%) by their spouse”.
“In contrast, it was more common for men who were victims to experience their spouse throwing something that could hurt them (60% compared with 39% of women), kicking, biting or hitting them (43% compared with 18%) or slapping them (37% compared with 17%),” Statistics Canada stated.
All in all, the 2019 study indicated that there were “approximately 432,000 women and 279,000 men in Canada who experienced spousal violence in the five years preceding the survey”.
These numbers are conservative.
Statistics Canada noted that a large majority of incidents are not reported to police.