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Native domestic violence often reported to police


Native women in Canada suffer the highest rates of domestic violence but they are more likely to call the police to report incidents of spousal abuse, Statistics Canada said on Thursday.

Half of the Native women who were victims of domestic violence reported the abuse to the police. Only 35 percent of non-Native victims did the same.

The report did not look into the reason why police are contacted more often in Native abuse cases. Overall, the data showed that repeated incidents of spousal abuse are under-reported.

A report released last month by Statistics Canada found that about 40 percent of Native people have been the victims of violent crime and nearly 25 percent of Native women have suffered domestic violence.

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Repeat incidents of spousal abuse rarely reported: StatsCan (CBC 7/13)

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