Saskatchewan Is Very Violent To Women

With 11,294 reported cases of violence for a rate of 2,681 per 100,000 people age 15 and over, Saskatchewan leads all provinces in violence against women. At the other end of the spectrum, Ontario had a rate of violence of 928 (51,851 cases) and Quebec was not too far behind at 1,036 (34,813 cases).

Saskatchewan does NOT, however, lead the country in female-assaulting: the territories are off the charts. The Yukon’s rate of violence against women is 4,609 (651 cases), North-West Territories is 11,193 (1,843) and Nunavut is a horrifying 15,453 (1,715). Nunavut also leads Canada in violence against men, with a rate of 11,959 (2,729 cases) 8,650 (1,014 cases).

In general, women are assaulted at a rate five per cent higher than the rate men are.

The news report that tipped me off to this is here, the actual report is here and the chart where I got all these numbers from is here.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

9 thoughts on “Saskatchewan Is Very Violent To Women”

  1. Stephen, you buggered up the numbers for violence against men in Nunavut. There were 1014 cases of violence against men in Nunavut for a rate of 8,650 per 100,000. In total, there were 2729 cases for a combined rate of 11,959 per 100,000.

    Apart from the overall imbalance between the sexes in terms of victimization rates ( a relatively minor 5%), there are a number of interesting observations to be made from the table you’ve linked to. First — regardless of sex — Saskatchewan is generally very violent. The average Saskatchewan man is 75% more likely to be a victim of violence than the average Canadian woman.

    Second, there seems to be a firm correlation between overall violence levels and the difference in victimization rates. In provinces with overall rates lower than 1400, there is roughly parity in victimization rates. In Manitoba and Saskatchewan, women are roughly 25% more likely to be victims of violence than men. In NWT, that shoots up to 55% and in Nunavut it’s a whopping 80%! One wonders whether underlying sexism drives overall violence rates or vice versa. Or perhaps there’s a common cause that drives both.

    Speaking of potential causes for both, it’s interesting to note that (ignoring the Atlantic Provinces), violence rates seem negatively correlated with urbanization (despite the reputation of cities as hotbeds of violence). As for why the Atlantic is an exception to this observation, I’ve got a theory… but it’s probably wrong.

  2. Since Barb appears to be off the ball today, I’ll add in a couple more nitpicks: “Yukon” is preferred to “the Yukon” and “the Northwest Territories” is preferred to “Northwest Territories”. Note also that all hyphenated forms of the territories’ name were officially dropped in 1912.

  3. Well, that is the opposite of what my (somewhat old) CP Caps and Spelling says, Brad.

  4. As I’ve said before, Brad, It’s nice to share the workload. Besides, you’d be better at correcting statistical data.

  5. Prior to 2002, “the Yukon Territory” was standard. However, the Yukon Act (SC 2002, c 7) officially retired that usage (see As further evidence, note that consistently refers to “The Government of Yukon”. There seems to be some question as to whether the hyphen was dropped from “the North-West Territories” in 1906 or when the act was amended in 1912 to push the border north to 60 degrees. Regardless, the current version of the act ( uses no hyphen and consistently preceeds the name with the definite article (cf. the Yukon Act). Also, note the title “Government of the Northwest Territories” on

    That’s right, Steve, I’m calling out your CP Caps and Spelling! How does that feel?

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