1. Learn about crimes involving gender-based violence
Crimes involving gender-based violence are crimes committed against someone because of their gender.
Gender identity is your internal and individual experience that can include you being a woman, a man, both, or something else. Your gender identity might be the same as the one you were assigned at birth or it might be different.
Crimes involving gender-based violence are sometimes committed against an intimate partner, either during the relationship or after it ends. But gender-based violent crimes are not always committed against current or former partners. For example, they can be committed against friends or co-workers.
Anyone can be the victim of a crime involving gender-based violence but girls, women, and gender-diverse people are more likely to experience this kind of crime.
Gender-based crimes are offences under the Criminal Code. Crimes involving gender-based violence can involve:
- physical violence, such as assault and sexual assault
- psychological violence, such as offences that involve controlling or manipulative behaviour
These are some of the most common crimes involving gender-based violence:
- publication of an intimate image without consent
- criminal harassment
- sexual assault
- failing to comply with a court order or condition
Some other examples are: