Violent victimization of Canadians with mental health-related disabilities, 2014 [2018]

Violent victimization more prevalent among people with mental health-related disabilities
People with mental health-related disabilities experience more repeat violence, more violence at the hands of someone they know, and live with more known risk factors for violent victimization than the general population.

Findings from the General Social Survey (GSS 2014) on Canadians’ Safety (Victimization) show that 1 in 10 people aged 15 and older with a disability related to mental health experienced violence in the preceding 12 months—more than double the proportion among all Canadians (4%).

According to the Canadian Survey on Disability (2012), an estimated one million Canadians live with a mental health-related disability. These are defined as emotional, psychological or mental health conditions—including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, anorexia, substance abuse and others—which sometimes, often, or always limit daily life.

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Statistics Canada, October 18, 2018