An educator can make a tremendous difference in the life of a child who witnesses gender-based violence. Almost six in 10 (59%) female spousal victims with children reported that their children heard or saw the violent episode. (3) The effects of witnessing gender-based violence can have a variety of physical, emotional, psychological and social concerns that affect a child’s overall well-being and capacity to learn. ETFO offers its members programming to provide the knowledge and skills to address the effects of witnessing violence against women on students.
What is Gender-Based Violence?
Gender-based violence is the varying ways power and control are used over another person based on their gender identity or gender expression. Gender-based violence “includes any act of violence or abuse that can result in physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering.” This term includes violence against women and girls, intimate partner violence and violence experienced by Two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (2SLGBTQ+) and gender non-conforming people.
What are the Statistics on Gender-Based Violence?
Although violence can affect anyone, statistics consistently show that it disproportionately affects women and girls as well as individuals who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.
Some statistics indicate that:
When all other risk factors were taken into account, women maintained a risk of violent victimization that was about 20% higher than men. (2)
Intimate partner violence, including both spousal and dating violence, accounts for one in every four violent crimes reported to the police. (2)
Based on self-reported data, people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual are two to three times more likely to experience violent victimization than heterosexuals. (1)
Indigenous women experienced violence at a rate 2.7 times higher than that reported by non-Indigenous women. (2)
Transgendered people are nearly twice as likely as cisgendered women to experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. (4)
Women living with physical and/or cognitive impairments are two to three times more likely to experience violence than women living without such impairments. (5)