Table 1:

Prevalence of child abuse in Canada, by type

VariableNo. (%)*p value
Whole sampleMenWomen
Physical abuse
 Slapped on face head or ears, hit or spanked5 080 (22.3)2 700 (26.0)2 380 (18.6)< 0.001
 Pushed, grabbed, shoved, something thrown at2 550 (10.5)1 300 (11.8)1 250 (9.2)< 0.001
 Kicked, bit, punched, choked, burned, attacked2 450 (9.9)1 350 (11.9)1 100 (7.9)< 0.001
 Any physical abuse6 070 (26.1)3 280 (31.0)2 790 (21.3)< 0.001
Sexual abuse2 760 (10.1)640 (5.8)2 110 (14.4)< 0.001
Exposure to intimate partner violence1 900 (7.9)730 (6.9)1 170 (8.9)< 0.001
Any child abuse7 700 (32.1)3 610 (34.0)4 090 (30.3)< 0.001
Number of child abuse types
 No abuse15 690 (68.0)6 890 (66.1)8 800 (69.8)< 0.001
 1 type only5 260 (22.3)2 720 (25.8)2 540 (19.0)< 0.001
 2 types1 790 (7.3)720 (6.6)1 070 (8.0)< 0.001
 3 types610 (2.4)160 (1.5)450 (3.2)< 0.001
  • * Unweighted numbers are rounded to a base of 10 for confidentiality purposes according to Statistics Canada data release policies. Percentages are based on weighted numbers.

  • χ2 tests of significance for the male and female comparison.