Senior victims of family violence in Canada, by clearance status 2018

This statistic shows the total number of senior victims of family violence in Canada in 2018, distinguished by type of clearance status. In 2018, 3,022 persons, aged 65 and over, were the victims of family violence in Canada. 2,131 cases of family violence against seniors were ‘cleared by charge’, meaning that at least one accused was identified and a charge was laid against the accused.

Number of senior victims of family violence in Canada in 2018, by type of clearance status

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Source

Release date

December 2019

Region

Canada

Survey time period

2018

Age group

65 to 89 years

Supplementary notes

* Includes founded incidents where an accused person has not been identified in connection with the incident, and incidents where there is insufficient evidence to lay a charge or to clear the incident through other means.
** Includes incidents where an accused person was known and sufficient evidence was obtained to support the laying of a charge, but the complainant refused to proceed with charges against the accused. As a result, police used discretion to not lay or recommend a charge.
*** Includes suicide of accused, death of accused, death of witness/complainant, accused under the age of 12 years, accused has diplomatic immunity, committal of accused to mental health facility, accused in foreign country, accused involved in other incidents, accused already sentenced, diversionary programs, incident cleared by a lesser statute, and incident cleared by other municipal, provincial or federal agency

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