Facts on Violence Against Aboriginal Women

Violence Against Aboriginal Women

  • Aboriginal women in Canada have a higher rate of victimization compared to non-aboriginal women, both in relation to spousal and non-spousal violence (Measuring Violence against Women: Statistical trends, 2013, Statistics Canada).
  • Aboriginal women experience higher rates and more severe forms of intimate partner violence (Measuring Violence against Women: Statistical trends, 2013, Statistics Canada)
  • Aboriginal women are reported to be almost three times more likely than non-Aboriginal women to report they have been a victim of domestic violence in the past five years (Family Violence Hurts Everyone: A Framework to End Family Violence in Alberta) 

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

  • Of the 1,181 investigations, 1,017 are aboriginal female homicide victims between 1980 and 2012 and 164 women are considered missing.
  • Currently, there are 225 unsolved cases: 120 are homicides, 105 are missing or foul play suspected.
  • Aboriginal women make up 16 per cent of all murdered women on record, five per cent of all murders on record, 11.3 per cent of all missing women on record.
  • The number of missing and murdered Aboriginal women is higher in the western provinces. In Alberta:
    • There were 206 murdered Aboriginal women between 1980-2012, 28 per cent of all female homicides in the province during that time period;
    • As of November 2013, there are 19 unresolved missing Aboriginal females and 28 unsolved murders.

Source: RCMP Report on MMIW (May 2014)