They do not, however, collect information for all crimes.
The General Social Survey (GSS) on Victimization, collected every five years, is limited to eight offences in total, three of which are violent including physical assault, sexual assault, and robbery, with a special module on spousal violence and a question on stalking.
However, over the past decade, the rate of homicide against women has remained relatively stable, despite annual fluctuations.
These data include those incidents where homicides have been confirmed and recorded by police and do not include unconfirmed reports, such as in the case of missing women.
This is because homicide is generally considered a strong barometer of violent crime in general, as they are more likely than other violent crimes to be reported to police and are typically the subject of exhaustive police investigation (Nivette 2011, Van Dijk 2008).
When examining homicides of women, the overall rate decreased sharply between the mid-1970s and 2000, dropping 58% (Chart 1.1).
While homicides against men increased in 2011, the rate increase was less pronounced than the rate increase for women ( 6% versus 16%).
There is some indication that other forms of violence against women have decreased in recent years. Decreases were also recorded for attempted murders and physical assaults against men, though the decreases for men were more pronounced.The five most common violent offences committed against women were common assault (49%), uttering threats (13%), serious assault (10%), sexual assault level 1 – the least serious form of sexual assault (7%), and criminal harassment (7%).For men, the most frequently occurring offences were common assault (42%), serious assault (19%), uttering threats (16%), robbery (10%), and other assaults (5%).While monitoring trends in violence against women cannot indicate whether interventions have been effective, examining prevalence over time can help to inform the development and evaluation of initiatives.One approach to assessing trends in violence against women is to examine changes in the prevalence of homicide.Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-888-269-3100 Victim Services: 807-229-8877 Victim Svcs Manitouwadge: 807-826-4171 Marjorie House: 807-229-2222 Toll Free: 1-800-465-3307 Kanawayhitowin: 416-956-7575 Femaide: 877-336-2433 This website is a product of the Superior North Victim Safety Project made possible by a grant from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Ministry of the Attorney General.