What Is Family Violence

What is family violence?

Family violence refers to violence committed by spouses (legally married, separated, divorced and common-law partners), parents (biological, adopted, step, foster), children (biological, adopted, step, foster), siblings (biological, adopted, step, half, foster), and extended family members.

What is Intimate Partner Violence? 

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is domestic violence by a current or former spouse or partner in an intimate relationship against the other spouse or partner.  IPV can take a number of forms, including physical, verbal, emotional, economic, spiritual or cultural, Isolation and/or abandonment, entitlement, sexual abuse and using children.

How common is family violence?

  • One in ten women is abused each year in Canada by her spouse, partner or boyfriend
  • Of all reported violent crime in 2016, more than 26% resulted from family violence.  
  • 67 % of victims of family violence reported to police in 2015 were young girls or women 
  • In 2015, the rate of police-reported family violence against females was double that of males (325 per 100,000 versus 160)
  • Women aged 30 to 34 recorded the highest rates of family violence.

Who is most at risk of being abused?

  • Young women
  • Aboriginal women
  • Women isolated in the home – perhaps living on a form or rural community
  • Women in common-law relationships
  • Recently separated
  • Persons with a disability
  • Elderly persons


Family and Friends, Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), Victims Services, RCMP, Riseup Society Alberta, Women’s Shelters, Alberta Mental Health.        In an EMERGENCY call 911.