Women experiencing violent victimization often rely on social services that exist outside of the formal criminal justice system. In Canada, referrals to residential services and emergency shelters are among the most common referrals made by victim service providers. Using data from the 2012 Transition Home Survey, this Juristat Bulletin presents the most up-to-date information on shelters for abused women in Canada.
The Transition Home Survey (THS) was developed under the federal government's Family Violence Initiative in consultation with provincial and territorial governments and transition home associations. The objective of the THS is to collect data that will provide a profile of residential services for abused women and their children during the previous 12 months, as well as provide information on the clientele being served.
The information presented in this article refers to two distinct time periods. First, data pertaining to the characteristics of facilities, the number of annual admissions, and the types of services offered were collected in 2012 and are based upon a 12-month period that preceded the survey. Second, information on the women being served in shelters was collected on a specific “snapshot date” (April 18, 2012).