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Recently, there has been some consideration within the research community both nationally and internationally and by federal, provincial and territorial governments towards including all types of intimate partner relationships, including dating partners, in a definition of family violence (see, for example, Justice Canada 2009, Premier's Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention Administration Committee 2010).Violence against dating partners has been argued to fall within the definition of family violence, due to its many similarities with spousal violence.Defining family violence is integral to accurately profiling the issue.
The General Social Survey (GSS) on Victimization complements police reported data in that it helps to explore the large amount of crime in Canada that goes unreported to police.
solely asks persons aged 15 years and older living in private dwellings about their experiences of victimization.
As a result, children under 15 years of age and individuals living in institutions, such as long-term care facilities, are not eligible to participate in the survey.
Consequently, risk factors such as age, sex and marital status can be examined for all victims of family violence as well as indicators of offence severity.
While all Survey, the survey does not record victim information for non-violent crime, such as the relationship of the accused to the victim.