Table 2
Selected characteristics of abused women residing in shelters on April 16, 2008, Canada

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Selected characteristics Abused women
number percentage
Parental status
Admitted with child(ren) 1,562 48
Admitted without child(ren)1 677 21
No child(ren) and parenting responsibilities 800 25
Unknown 183 6
Relationship to abuser
Common-law partner 1,207 37
Spouse 860 27
Ex-common-law partner 231 7
Dating or ex-dating relationship 210 7
Relative (e.g., parent, child) 199 6
Ex-spouse 155 5
Other2 107 3
Unknown 253 8
Total women admitted due to abuse 3,222 100
1. It is not known if women admitted without their children had custody of those children at the time of admittance.
2. 'Other' includes all other relationships not otherwise classified.
Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Transition Home Survey, 2007/2008.
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