VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Coroners Service has released a report today outlining findings from a study into intimate partner violence deaths.
According to the report, more than 13,000 people in B.C. every year seek police help to stop physical or emotional abuse from a current or former spouse or someone they dated.
More than 30,000 women and children are affected by domestic violence each year in B.C. On average, 232 women are admitted to a hospital for severe injuries that stem from intimate partner violence.
The review took place over a period of 6 years. During those 6 years, an average of 12 people died each year from injuries sustained from an intimate partner.
The review found the following findings:
- More intimate partner violence victims were women (78%) than men (22%)
- Most victims were women age 20-59 years
- Almost 2/3 of all victims had a known history intimate partner violence
- Fewer than 1/3 of all victims reported the violence to the police
- Only 10 victims had a protection order
- 80% of all victims were killed in their own home
There were 3 recommendations that came from the report. They are as follows:
- Increase awareness and education to improve understanding of intimate partner violence
- Strengthen intimate partner violence safety planning and early collaborative case management
- Enhance intimate partner violence data access, quality and collaboration
The numbers are even more alarming across the country.
From 2003-2013, there were a total of 960 intimate partner homicides. That is an average of 87 deaths a year. The statistics are from Stats Canada.
When it comes to intimate partner violence and murder-suicides, there were 227 from 2001-2011 in Canada.
The panel investigated the deaths of 100 persons who died in 75 separate incidents of intimate partner violence from the year 2010 through 2015.