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PEI Statistics

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Family Violence and Intimate Partner Violence         

According to the PEI Victims of Family Violence Act a “family relationship” means a relationship between any two people who are or have been married to each other, or who have lived together in a spousal or sexual relationship, or are members of the same family. 
(Source: Victims of Family Violence Act) 

According to the Act “family violence” is violence against that person by any other person with whom that person is, or has been, in a family relationship.  Violence includes any assault of the victim; any reckless act or omission that causes injury to the victim or damage to property; any act or threat that causes a reasonable fear of injury to the victim or damage to property; forced confinement of the victim; actions or threats of sexual abuse, physical abuse or emotional  abuse of the victim; and depriving a victim of food, clothing, medical attention, shelter, transportation or other necessities of life.
(Source: Victims of Family Violence Act)

  • In 2014 the Prince Edward Island RCMP "L" Division received 163 reports of family violence as defined by the PEI Victims of Family Violence Act; 55% of reports (90) resulted in charges being laid. In 2013 the Prince Edward Island RCMP “L” Division received 215 reports of family violence as defined by the PEI Victims of Family Violence Act; 62% of reports (133) resulted in charges being laid. In 2012, the RCMP Division received 257 reports as defined by the Act; 71% of reports (182) resulted in charges being laid. In 2011 the RCMP Division received 209 reports as defined by the Act; 50% of reports (105) resulted in charges being laid.
    (Source: RCMP "L" Division)

     

  • In 2014 Charlottetown Policy Services received 133 reports of family violence as defined by the PEI Victims of Family Violence Act, 33% (44) resulted in charges being laid. In 2013 Charlottetown Police Services received 105 reports of family violence as defined by the PEI Victims of Family Violence Act, 14% (15) resulted in charges being laid. In 2012 Charlottetown Police Services received 103 reports of family violence as defined by the Act; 32% of reports (33) resulted in charges being laid. In 2011 Charlottetown Police Services received 106 reports as defined by the Act; 24% (25) resulted in charges being laid. 
    (Source: Charlottetown Police Services)

     

  • In 2014 a total of 152 assaults were reported to the Summerside Police Department. Of these, 38% occurred between persons with a family/domestic relationship. In 2013 a total of 140 assaults were reported to the Summerside Police Department, 44% of which occurred between persons with a family/domestic relationship. In 2012 a total of 193 assaults were reported to the Summerside Police Department, 29%  of which occurred between persons with a family/domestic relationship. In 2011 a total of 178 assaults were reported to the Summerside Police Department, 40% of which occurred between persons with a family/domestic relationship. Note: Assaults include simple assaults as well as assaults with a weapon and aggravated assaults.  
    (Source: Summerside Police Department)

     

  • In 2014 a total of 76 incidents involving threats were reported to the Summerside Police Department of which 30% were domestic in nature. Threats include threats against property and animals. In 2013 a total of 74 incidents involving threats were reported of which 27% were domestic in nature. Threats include threats against property and animals. In 2012, a total of 101 incidents involving threats were reported of which 19% occurred between persons with a family/domestic relationship. In 2011, a total of 99 incidents involving threats were reported. Of these 19% occurred between persons with a family/domestic relationship.
    (Source: Summerside Police Department.)

      

  • In the three year period, January 1, 2012-December 31, 2014 the Kensington Police Department investigated 30 reports of family violence as defined by the PEI Victims of Family Violence Act. In the three year period January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2013 the Kensington Police Department investigated 16 reports of family violence.
    (Source: Kensington Police Department)

     

  • Province-wide in 2013 there were 279 victims of police-reported intimate partner violence substantiated by police to be victims of Criminal Code offenses. This represents a 33% decrease since 2010. Intimate partner violence is violence committed by legally married, separated, divorced, opposite and same-sex common-law, dating partners (current and previous) and other intimate partners.
    (Source: Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile, 2010;2011;2013).

     

  • Between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014 a total of 901 cases were referred to Victim Services. Of these 26% involved crimes where there is a family type relationship between the victim and the suspect or offender. Crimes can include but are not limited to assault, sexual assault, damage to property, driving-related offences, theft and fraud. In 77% of these cases, the suspect or offender was a male partner or ex-partner (either current or former husband, common-law husband, or boyfriend). In 11% of these cases, the suspect or offender was a female partner or ex- partner. Trends over time are similar year to year.
    (Source:  Annual Report-Victims of Crime Act 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012; 2012-2013; 2013-14; Victim Services)

     

  • Between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014, 34 applications for Emergency Protection were granted to victims of family violence. Emergency protection orders are provisions under the Victims of Family Violence Act that can provide safety measures for a victim and her/his children, often enabling victims and children to remain in the home. Historically, the number of applications has varied somewhat from year to year.
    (Source: PEI Victims of Crime Act Annual Report 2009-2010; 2010-2011; 2011-2012; 2012-2013; 2013-14)

     

  • PEI Family Violence Prevention Services outreach workers provide assistance to women who are victims of family violence living in the community. Between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014 outreach workers provided services to 480 women; 41% of these women sought outreach services for the first time. Women receiving services received an average of 9.5 supportive contacts during the year.
    (Source: PEI Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc. Annual Report for 2013-14)

     

  • Anderson House, managed by PEI Family Violence Prevention Services, is the primary emergency shelter on Prince Edward Island for abused women and their children. Between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014 Anderson House admitted 66 women and 35 children; 71% of women received emergency shelter at Anderson House for the first time. The number of women and children admitted varies from year to year. In 2012/13 Anderson House admitted 73 women and 60 children; 48% of women received shelter at Anderson House for the first time. In 2011/12, Anderson House admitted 51 women and 25 children; 34% of women for the first time. In 2010/11, Anderson House admitted 58 women and 32 children; 34% of women for the first time.
    (Source: PEI Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc. Annual Reports for 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14)

     

Sexual Violence

  • Province-wide in 2013, 85 incidents of police-reported sexual assault (levels 1, 2, and 3) were substantiated by police to be Criminal Code offences. In 2012, 74 police-reported incidents were substantiated to be Criminal Code offences. As noted in the section above on national and regional statistics, the number of sexual assaults reported to police is likely an undercount of the actual number of sexual assaults that occur. According to the 2009 General Social Survey 88% of sexual assaults are not reported to police.
    (Source: Police-reported crime statistics in Canada, 2012; 2013, Criminal Victimization in Canada, 2009 )

     

  • Between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014, 73 cases were referred to Victim Services for sexual assault matters; 64% of cases involved persons 12-18 years of age. 93% of cases were females and 7% were males. The number of referrals varies from year to year. Between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013, 71 cases were referred to Victim Services for sexual assault matters, in 2011-2012, 93 cases were referred, in 2010/2011 there were 64 referrals and in 2009/2010 there were 85.
    (Source: Prince Edward Island Victim Services)

     

  • Between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014 The PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre received 69 new requests for service: 64% of requests for service were from adults who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse and 17% were from survivors of sexual assaults that occurred within the previous six months. A total of 117 clients received services during the fiscal year. The number of requests for service varies from year to year. Between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013 the Centre received 47 new requests for service; 62% of requests for service were from adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and 15% were from survivors of sexual assaults that occurred within the previous six months. A total of 131 clients received services during the fiscal year. Between April 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012 the Centre received 72 new requests for service; 75% of requests for service were from adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. 86% of adults requesting services were female and 14% were male. A total of 129 clients received services during the fiscal year.
    (Source: PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre)

     

  • In 2014 a total of 16 sexual assaults were reported to the Summerside Police Department. Of these, 6 occured between persons with a family/domestic relationship.
    (Source: Summerside Police Department)
     

Adult Protection


The PEI Adult Protection Program provides assistance or protection intervention to vulnerable adults who are unable to protect themselves from abuse and neglect.  The PEI statistics provided here pertain to vulnerable adults and, therefore, cannot be compared to national statistics on violence against seniors.

  • Between January 1 and December 31, 2014 Prince Edward Island Adult Protection Services investigated 190 cases; 45% for self neglect, 17% for caregiver neglect, 17% for financial abuse, 14% for verbal/emotional abuse, 6% for physical abuse, and 1% for sexual abuse. 66% of the cases involved adults age 65 years and older and 16% of cases involved adults 85 years or older. The vast majority of perpetrators will all known and trusted. 69% of perpetrators were family 14% were staff in community care facilities, private nursing homes or hospitals and13% were friends, neighbors or paid caregivers. Investigations for abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults was up 38% from the previous year. Mandatory reporting for all those working with vulnerable adults was implemented in February 2014, and the Island population is aging so this may account for some of the increase in referrals this fiscal year.
  • Between January 1 and December 31, 2013 Adult Protection Services investigated 138 cases: 51% for self neglect, 11% for emotional/verbal abuse, 14% for financial abuse, 17% for caregiver neglect, 3% for physical abuse, and 4% for sexual abuse. 68% of cases involved adults age 65 years and older, and 24% of cases involved adults age 85 and older. 70% of reported abusers were family members (spouses, children, parents, siblings and other family members). Other perpetrators included friends/neighbours, paid caregivers as well as staff in hospitals, group homes, nursing homes and community care facilities. A similar number of cases was investigated in 2010, 2011 and 2012. For every case investigated, many more go unreported.
    (Source: Prince Edward Island Adult Protection)

     

Violence Against Children and Youth

  • Police reported that province-wide in 2013, 71 children and youth age 0-17 years were victims of family violence substantiated by police to be Criminal Code offences. Family violence refers to violence committed by parents, siblings, extended family and spouses. The Criminal Code and provincial/territorial child protection legislation together cover a broad spectrum of maltreatment and violence perpetrated against children and youth. Some types of child maltreatment may never reach the criminal threshold and would therefore not result in a police response or Criminal Code charges. However, in many cases, these occurrences would still be considered serious events requiring the involvement of provincial/territorial child welfare services.
    (Source: Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile, 2013 - pub. Jan 2015)

     

  • Between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014 Prince Edward Island Child Protection Services received 3,766 Child Protection Reports or an average of 72 reports per week, more than an average of 10 reports per day. Between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013 Child Protection Services received 3,611 Child Protection Reports or an average of 69 reports per week. Between April 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012 Child Protection Services received 3,461 Child Protection Reports and in 2010/2011 Child Protection received 3,577 reports.
    (Source:  PEI Child Protection Services)

     

  • In Prince Edward Island, children were known to be involved in 50 per cent of domestic violence reported to police.
    (Source: Brown, Police Response to Domestic Violence: A Provincial Overview, 2005)

     

  • Province-wide in 2013 there were13 incidents of sexual violations against children and youth age 0-17 years reported to police that were substantiated to be Criminal Code offenses. In both 2010 and 2011, there were the 23 incidents. Incidents included sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, sexual exploitation, luring a child via a computer, and (as of 2012) making sexually explicit material available to a child for the purpose of facilitating sexual offences against children/youth.
    (Source: Police-reported crime statistics in Canada, 2011; 2012; 2013)

     

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