The Chief Public Health Officer’s Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2016: A Focus on Family Violence in Canada

I find it hard to believe the rates of violence have gone down based on statistics in the report especially when I read the list of neighbourhood characteristics that can influence more violence. Either way, family violence contributes to the number of Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) children have to overcome and affects them their entire lives in various negative ways. We all pay one way or another for family violence whether we realize it or not. Click here or on the pdf file to read the full report or an excerpt below and support and help me make better laws and policies to protect the most vulnerable in our neighbourhoods and communities. We have to work together to stop family violence at every opportunity that it shows itself, its never acceptable, deserved, or needed.


… neighbourhood characteristics that can influence the risk that a family will experience family violence. Examples of these characteristics include:

  • Lack of services (e.g., legal, health care);
  • Lack of willingness to intervene by community members;
  • Lack of community connectedness, support and control of behaviour;
  • Social disorder (e.g., noisy neighbour, vandalism, people using or dealing drugs, prostitution);
  • Neighbourhood disadvantage (e.g., poverty);
  • Instability (e.g., people moving in and out of the community);
  • Exposure to or worry about violence in the neighbourhood, and;
  • Having many stores in the area that sell alcohol.


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