Whether it is family, domestic, gender-based, racial or gun-related, Canada is not immune to the types of violence that affect people all over the world. In 2016, there were 141 gang-related homicides in Canada— almost 47 percent more than in 2015. And every year, an estimated 362,000 Canadian children witness or experience family violence. To help combat violence across the country, the federal government announced in November 2017 that they would be spending $327.6 million over five years on anti-gun and gang initiatives, with an additional $100 million annually after that.

Fast Facts

  • 1 child or youth per day is killed or injured by a firearm in Ontario.
  • Violence can have a lifelong impact, including physical injury, disability, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • The economic cost of partner violence against Canadian women is valued at $4.8 billion annually.
  • Women living in Canadian territories experience violence at a rate 8 times higher than those living in provinces.

PREVENTING VIOLENCE

Violence works on four different levels—individual, relationships, community and society. This large-scale issue can’t be attributed to a single cause. There are numerous factors that put people at risk to demonstrate violent behaviour. This means we need to take multiple preventative measures, like promoting gender and social equality, and improving the accessibility of strong support services for victims of violence. Everyone has the right to feel safe, without threat or fear.

Violence in the United States is largely characterized by the high rate of gun violence. The gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than the average of other high-income countries, and there are approximately 265 million privately owned guns in the U.S. Research shows that with proper resources in place, such as background checks for handgun sales and restrictions on multiple purchases, the gun homicide rate can be reduced. On March 24, 2018, students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School led a historic march for gun control, March for Our Lives, just five weeks after a gunman killed 17 of their friends and teachers in one of the worst mass shootings in modern U.S. history.

Fast Facts

  • On an average day, 7 children and teens are killed with guns in the U.S.
  • In states that require background checks for handgun sales, there is almost 50% less gun trafficking.
  • An estimated 3 million American children per year are exposed to shootings.
  • Between 2001 and 2015, the percentage of students ages 12–18 who reported gangs in their school decreased by 9%.

PREVENTING VIOLENCE

Violence works on four different levels—individual, relationships, community and society. This large-scale issue can’t be attributed to a single cause. There are numerous factors that put people at risk to demonstrate violent behavior. This means we need to take multiple preventative measures, like promoting gender and social equality and improving the accessibility of strong support services for victims of violence. Everyone has the right to feel safe, without threat or fear.