Addressing Sexual Violence Against Women in Canada

This fact sheet provides an overview of key findings related to best practices included in the Sexual Violence Against Women in Canada issue brief produced for the Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Forum for the Status of Women.Footnote 1 The issue brief highlights that women represent the vast majority of those who are sexually assaulted and that gender is a fundamental determinant of sexual violence. It also provides information on national and provincial data on sexual violence as well as data on particular subpopulations of women who are at increased risk. Information on relevant programs, policy changes, and effective interventions are discussed. This information is intended to support policy, program development and decision making for government, non-government organizations, service providers, academics and others working to address sexual violence against women in Canada.

Best Practices

Addressing sexual violence involves comprehensive policies that:

Addressing sexual violence involves inclusive prevention strategies that:

Addressing sexual violence involves diverse approaches to intervention that:

In Canada, there are provincial/territorial policies and/or action plans that specifically address sexual violence through prevention efforts and enhanced supports for survivors. Specific provincial/territorial approaches are outlined in the Sexual Violence Against Women in Canada issue brief.

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