Table 4
Rate of women in shelters to escape the abuse of a current or former spouse or common-law partner on April 16, 2008, Canada, provinces and territories

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Province and territory Total women in shelters to escape abuse of current or former spouse or partner Population of married, common-law and separated1 women Rate2 per 100,000 married, common-law and separated women
number percentage number rate
Newfoundland and Labrador 46 85 137,244 34
Prince Edward Island 10 77 35,678 28
Nova Scotia 45 68 235,463 19
New Brunswick 74 89 190,730 39
Quebec 481 81 1,797,903 27
Ontario 910 74 3,174,148 29
Manitoba 80 70 273,258 29
Saskatchewan 86 83 234,650 37
Alberta 273 81 827,961 33
British Columbia 403 70 1,076,812 37
Yukon 18 78 7,708 234
Northwest Territories and Nunavut 27 96 14,751 183
Canada 2,453 76 8,006,306 31
1. Separated includes persons currently married, but who are no longer living with their spouse (for any reason other than illness or work) and have not obtained a divorce. Persons who are separated but who live with a common-law partner are not included.
2. Rates are calculated based on 100,000 population. Population estimates are provided by Statistics Canada, Demography Division. Populations as of July 1: preliminary post-censal estimates for 2007.
Note: Comparisons across jurisdictions should be made with caution, as factors such as shelter capacity and availability can influence rates of usage. Moreover, usage rates should not be considered a proxy measure for the incidence of spousal violence in
Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Transition Home Survey, 2007/2008.
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