A Survey on Violence Against Female Partners in Québec, Canada

A Survey on Violence Against Female Partners in Québec, Canada

A Survey on Violence Against Female Partners in Québec, Canada

A Survey on Violence Against Female Partners in Québec, Canadas

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Référence bibliographique [12255]

Rinfret-Raynor, Maryse, Riou, Ariane, Cantin, Solange, Drouin, Christine et Dubé, Myriam. 2004. «A Survey on Violence Against Female Partners in Québec, Canada ». Violence Against Women, vol. 10, no 7, p. 709-728.

Fiche synthèse

1. Objectifs

Intentions :
«The main objective of this 1998 study on violence against women was to establish annual prevalence rates for violent behaviors perpetrated by male partners in intimate relationships in the province of Québec, Canada. The survey also aimed to measure the most immediate consequences of such violence on women’s health. A further objective was to analyze the primary factors associated with violent behaviors against female partners, using individual, family, and social variables […].» (p. 711-712)

2. Méthode

Échantillon/Matériau :
«The sample for the intimate violence survey was taken from participants in the QHSS1998 [1998 Québec Health and Social Survey], which surveyed 15,330 households selected using multistage area sampling techniques. From this large sample, 5,955 households were randomly selected for participation in the intimate violence study.» (p. 712)

Instruments :

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse statistique

3. Résumé

«The study showed that approximately 110,000 (6%) Québec women living in a heterosexual relationship had experienced violence at the hands of their partners over the past year, and almost 125,000 (7%) women had experienced sexual violence. […] This study found a significant difference between rates of physical violence against women living common law and those who are married, as other studies did, particularly Statistics Canada’s (2000) surveys. [...] Our results showed […] that the divergence between violence rates in common-law and married couples exists also in societies in which common-law relationships are more normalized such as in Québec, where a quarter of all couples are in this situation. […] In this study, sexual and physical violence rates were higher for women with lower indices of social support. […] Furthermore, one third of those who experienced sexual violence and more than one quarter of those who experienced physical violence did not confide in anyone about their experiences. These data confirm other studies reporting on the social isolation experienced by women victimized by domestic violence. […] In addition, certain characteristics of male partners are linked to the presence of violent behaviors against female partners. In particular, the results showed that antecedents of domestic violence in male partners’ families of origin are associated with a higher proportion of violent acts by these men against their female partners.» (p. 722-725)