At the Canadian Women’s Foundation, our vision is for all women in Canada to live free from violence. The long-term experience of being abused can destroy a woman’s self-confidence, making it more difficult for her to believe that she deserves better treatment, that she can find the courage to leave, or that she can manage on her own.
That’s why we invest in violence prevention programs that teach teens how to create safe and healthy relationships. Aren't men just as likely to be victims as women? If a woman is being abused, why doesn't she just leave the relationship?  The Violence Against Women Survey, Statistics Canada, 1993.
Five years after they were first victimized, the study found female victims had almost 1.5 times greater risk for experiencing physical violence from an adult partner; male victims had almost twice the risk for experiencing romantic violence.
READ MORE: New Brunswick introduces legislation to curb intimate partner violence The findings were compared to a group who did not experience dating violence, but who were otherwise similar in terms of risk history.“For a long time adolescent romantic relationships weren’t a focus in research because people thought that they didn’t really matter for well-being,” Exner-Cortens said.
Belvedere Vodka recently launched an online campaign that showed a grinning young man who seems to be trying to force sexual contact on a frightened young woman. If you think gender doesn’t matter anymore, you haven’t been in a high-school classroom lately. study of Grade 7 students found that 63 per cent strongly agreed with sentiments like: “When dating, the boy should be smarter than the girl.” Young people may joke about violence, but those who experience it are usually silent.Many teens do not report it because they are afraid to tell friends and family. Youth who experience dating violence are more likely to experience the following: Communicating with your partner, managing uncomfortable emotions like anger and jealousy, and treating others with respect are a few ways to keep relationships healthy and nonviolent.A 2011 CDC nationwide survey found that 23% of females and 14% of males who ever experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age. Teens receive messages about how to behave in relationships from peers, adults in their lives, and the media. Risks of having unhealthy relationships increase for teens who — Dating violence can be prevented when teens, families, organizations, and communities work together to implement effective prevention strategies.Out of the 4,476 women and 3,493 children staying in shelters on the snapshot date of April 16, 2014, 78% (or 3,491 women and 2,742 children) were there primarily because of abuse. Available:  Women and alcohol: Social Perspectives, Patsy Staddon, Policy Press, 2015. id=jk MMCg AAQBAJ&pg=PT87&lpg=PT87&dq=double standard about alcohol for women&source=bl&ots=Ko Ozsfduga&sig=cc RO08Zccm7Qiahs Gca T154u AK0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ah UKEwj Jg ZX8uo XOAh XHp YMKHf Ak AT04Ch Do AQg9MAc#v=onepage&q=double standard about alcohol for women&f=false  Criminal Victimization in Canada, 2014, Statistics Canada.Shelters for abused Women in Canada, 2014, Statistics Canada, calculation based on 201 children and 338 women (539 people total), 56% of whom were turned away from shelters already at capacity on the snapshot date of April 16, 2014. In a Shelter Voices 2016 snapshot survey, 305 women and children were turned away from shelters due to lack of capacity: Shelter Voices, Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters & Transition Houses, 2016, p.1. Available at: Gender Symmetry in Domestic Violence: A Substantive and Methodological Research Review, Michael S. Every day, in dozens of subtle and not-so-subtle ways, our sons and daughters are learning it’s okay to treat sexual and physical violence against women as a joke.