Because of the nature of the harm, sentencing provisions of the (Section 718.2) make it an "aggravating factor" for sentencing purposes when the offence involves abuse of a spouse or common law partner, abuse of a person under the age of 18 or abuse of a position of trust or authority.Section 742.1 puts limits on the use of conditional sentences that would allow an offender to serve a sentence in the community.
study knew friends and peers who had been verbally abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend, and 20 per cent of 13 and 14-year-olds in relationships knew friends and peers who had been physically assaulted (kicked, hit, slapped or punched) by a boyfriend or girlfriend.Over a one-year period, about 19 per cent of teen respondents reported dating violence.Five years after they were first victimized, female victims of adolescent dating violence had almost 1.5 times greater risk for experiencing physical adult intimate partner violence, and male victims had almost twice the risk for experiencing adult intimate partner violence.That’s why we invest in violence prevention programs that teach teens how to create safe and healthy relationships. Aren't men just as likely to be victims as women? If a woman is being abused, why doesn't she just leave the relationship?  The Violence Against Women Survey, Statistics Canada, 1993.It’s why we help women who are in immediate danger by funding more than 455 women’s shelters across Canada. Although more up-to-date data would be preferable, no recent Statistics Canada survey has asked women about their life-time experience of violence. Function=get Survey&SDDS=3896&Item_Id=1712 Since publication, this report has been archived by Statistics Canada but the Canadian Women’s Foundation has a hard copy.