FACING THE FACTS: THE ESCALATING CRISIS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EDUCATORS IN ONTARIO

Santor, Darcy et al. University of Ottawa, 2019

Based on data from the Harassment and Violence Against Educators (Ontario) Survey, this report shows that there has been a seven-fold increase in violence against educators in the past 12 years. “54% of educators reported experiencing one or more acts of physical violence (during the 2017-2018 school year; 60% reported one or more attempts to use physical force and 49% experienced one or more threats. Overwhelmingly, this violence was student perpetrated.” In addition, 72% of respondents reported receiving explicit verbal assaults, obscene gestures and other forms of harassment from students. 

This is a gendered form of violence and disproportionately experienced by women, especially those who identify as racialized, disabled and/or LGBTQ.

Educators identified the importance of more and better supports – especially staff such as educational assistants and mental health specialists – as key to preventing violence.