Findings

Warning View the most recent version.

Archived Content

Information identified as archived is provided for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. It is not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards and has not been altered or updated since it was archived. Please "contact us" to request a format other than those available.

Victimization amongst gays, lesbians and bisexuals

Gays, lesbians and bisexuals reported experiencing higher rates of violent victimization, including sexual assault, robbery and physical assault, than did their heterosexual counterparts. [Full text]

Perceptions of personal safety and the criminal justice system

Despite experiencing higher rates of violence, gays, lesbians and bisexuals did not express higher levels of fear than their heterosexual counterparts. Overall, more than 9 out of 10 gay, lesbian and bisexual Canadians indicated that they were "somewhat" or "very" satisfied with their personal safety, a proportion which was similar to heterosexuals. [Full text]

Sexual orientation and perceptions of discrimination

According to the Canadian Human Rights Act, discriminatory behaviour includes differential treatment of an individual or a group of individuals based on their race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, mental or physical disability or pardoned conviction. [Full text]

Conclusion

Despite the fact that gays, lesbians and bisexuals experienced 2 to 4 times higher rates of violent victimization compared to heterosexuals, their levels of satisfaction with their personal safety and their levels of fear from crime were similar to those of their heterosexual counterparts. [Full text]