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Infographic: GBV Overview

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Gender-based violence: It’s not just

Across Canada, people face violence every day because of their gender, gender expression, gender identity, or perceived gender identity. This is called gender-based violence (GBV) — and it’s a violation of human rights. 

GBV is often misunderstood, and even more often dismissed as “just a girl thing”. But GBV affects us all, and it’s everyone’s job to stop it. 

It’s not just a minor problem

Gender-based violence is prevalent across Canada, and it has a serious impact.

Younger women experience higher rates of gender-based violence. Footnote iii 

It’s not just flirting

Sexual violence, including forced sexual activity, catcalling or unwanted touching, disproportionately affects women.

It’s not just in person

Online violence gives perpetrators new methods to control victims, like GPS phone tracking or harassment campaigns.

It’s not just the same for everybody

Some groups are more likely to experience GBV, including

Indigenous women

non-heterosexual people

transgender and gender-diverse people

women living in remote or rural areas

women with disabilities

It’s not just a personal issue

Gender-based violence affects everyone. Big and small, it has an impact on our:




By recognizing and refusing to dismiss gender-based violence, we can work together to end it and make Canada a safer place to live.

Learn how to stop dismissing gender-based violence at

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