Until recently, there were no national data on the extent to which gays, lesbians and bisexuals were victims of violent crime and discrimination, nor was there any national information about their fear of crime or their perceptions of the criminal justice system.
In 2004, for the first time, the General Social Survey (GSS) on victimization asked Canadians to identify their sexual orientation. This profile examines victimization rates, perceptions of discrimination, fear of crime and attitudes towards the justice system among gays, lesbians and bisexuals.
This profile reveals that gays, lesbians and bisexuals: reported experiencing higher rates of violent victimization, felt less satisfied with how police authorities treated them and their issues when compared to their heterosexual counterparts and that the proportion of gays, lesbians and bisexuals who felt they had been discriminated against was about 3 times higher than that of heterosexuals.
Catalogue no. 85F0033M, no. 16