Child Maltreatment Surveillance Indicator Framework

Help us improve our product, by completing this two-question survey!

Select an item from each list below:
Percentage (%) of adults with children under the age of 18 at home who report experiencing, before age 16, any of these three types of childhood abuse: physical abuse, sexual abuse, and/or exposure to violence by parents/guardians in the home, by sex, Canada, 2012
0510152025303540455055FemalesMalesSexPercentage (%)Females: 45.3%Males: 51.3%Total population: 48.1%Legend
Percentage (%) of adults with children under the age of 18 at home who report experiencing, before age 16, any of these three types of childhood abuse: physical abuse, sexual abuse, and/or exposure to violence by parents/guardians in the home, by sex, Canada, 2012
SexPercentage (%)95% CI
Total population48.145.5 - 50.6
Females45.341.9 - 48.7
Males51.347.8 - 54.9

Source: Canadian Community Health Survey - Mental Health 2012

Measure Description

DefinitionEstimated percentage (%) of adults aged 18 years and over (living with children under the age of 18) who report experiencing, before age 16, any among: physical abuse (slapped, hit, spanked, pushed, grabbed, shoved, thrown at, kicked, bitten, punched, choked, burnt), sexual abuse (touched, attempted forced, forced sexual activity), and/or exposure to violence by parents/guardians (hit each other or another adult in the home)
Data SourceCCHS - Mental Health (2012)
Data AvailableSex, 10-year age group, 5-level highest education attained, Household income quintile, Province, Population centre/rural area, Immigration status, Indigenous status, Ethnic group
Estimate CalculationNumerator (weighted estimate): Number of adults aged 18 years and older who live with children aged 0-17 years and report experiencing any of these three types of child abuse (physical abuse, sexual abuse and exposure to intimate partner violence) before the age of 16 years; Denominator: Number of adults aged 18 years and older, living with children under the age of 18 years


Suggested Citation

Centre for Surveillance and Applied Research, Public Health Agency of Canada. Child Maltreatment Surveillance Indicator Framework (CMSIF) Data Tool, 2020 Edition. Public Health Infobase. Ottawa (ON): Public Health Agency of Canada, 2020.

Date modified: