SNAPSHOT: Persons with Activity Limitations

The data used in this section is derived mainly from the 2004 General Social Survey (GSS) on victimization. The GSS used the WHO (World Health Organization) definition of persons with activity limitations, which includes people who have difficulty with their daily lives or who reported a physical or mental condition or a health problem that limited the quantity or type of activities they could engage in.

The personal victimization rate (including all offences covered by the GSS) for persons with disabilities was 4 times higher than that of persons with no disabilities;

When looking at different age groups:

Persons with activity limitations were 2.4 times more likely to be the victim of a violent crime than persons without disabilities (367 vs. 150 incidents per 1000) in the highly victimized 15-44 age group;

Persons with disabilities are even more likely than persons with non-disabilities to be victimized by someone they know; and

Persons with disabilities experience higher levels of multiple victimization, spousal violence, stalking and fear of crime.


Perrault, S. 2009. Criminal victimization and health: A profile of victimization among persons with activity limitations or other health problems. Catalogue no. 85F0033M, no. 21. Ottawa: Statistics Canada

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