Canada’s top doctor has released some staggering statistics on family violence across the country.
Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Gregory Taylor says almost 58,000 girls and women were victims of family violence in 2014 and every four days a woman was killed by a family member.
Taylor points out family violence is not just about physical abuse, but includes sexual, emotional, and financial abuse as well as neglect.
Population surveys show a third of Canadians, roughly nine million people have reported experiencing abuse before they were 15 years old.
In 2014, indigenous Canadians were murdered at a rate six times higher than non-indigenous Canadians, with aboriginal women three times more likely to report spousal abuse than non-aboriginal women.
The report also found that every day, eight seniors on average were victims of family violence.