Table 1
Victims of violent crime committed with a knife, 2008

Type of offence Total victims of violent crime with a knife1 Total victims
number percent of total number
Attempted murder 225 33.8 665
Homicide 200 32.7 611
Robbery 5,489 19.4 28,323
Forcible confinement 451 10.0 4,501
Assault2 14,880 6.6 226,677
Uttering threats 1,642 3.1 53,692
Sexual assault3 228 1.1 20,536
Criminal harassment 46 0.3 17,416
Total 23,481 6.2 380,993
1. Includes all piercing and cutting instruments in addition to knives, e.g. broken bottle, screwdriver, scissors.
2. Includes assault (level 1), assault with a weapon or causing bodily harm (level 2) and aggravated assault (level 3).
3. Includes sexual assault (level 1), sexual assault with a weapon (level 2) and aggravated sexual assault (level 3). Excludes other sexual offences such as invitation to sexual touching, sexual exploitation and incest.
Note: Homicide data reflect victim counts from the Homicide Survey and represent 100% of the national volume of homicides. Data pertaining to other violent crimes (including totals) reflect victim counts from the UCR2 survey and represent 98% of the population of Canada.
Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Homicide Survey and Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR2) Survey.