Violence against women: Canada needs federal strategy, report says

The lack of both data and a national strategy to address violence against women in Canada is stalling progress to end the problem, says a new report being released Thursday.

What little data there is shows the problem is pricey, says the report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

The combined cost of adult sexual assault and intimate partner violence is about $9 billion, or $334 per person a year, according to the report. (Victims in these crimes are mostly women.)

This is comparable to the cost of illegal drugs (estimated at about $262 per person) or smoking (about $541 per person), the report says. And yet federal spending to tackle violence against women was less than $3 per person in 2011-12.

Read the whole story in the Toronto Star.

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