Spousal Abuse

When Criminal And Estate Law Intersect

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 08.04.2016 | Canada Business
Suzana Popovic-Montag

Occasionally, criminal law and estate law intersect. That intersection was particularly shocking in the high-profile cases of Helmuth Buxbaum and Peter Demeter. Both were convicted of arranging the murder of their wives and both tried to collect on life insurance policies in their respective wife's name.

Victims Of Violence Deserve Unconditional Access To Legal Aid

Annie Kashamura Zawadi | Posted 12.30.2015 | Canada Impact
Annie Kashamura Zawadi

Zahra Mahamoud Abdille and her two sons fled violence and sought refuge in a Toronto women's shelter. Zahra did the right thing. She wanted to leave the abusive life behind her for good and start a new life free of violence. And thus, she contemplated a divorce. However, such an endeavour requires resources, including legal fees that were beyond her means. Once again, Zahra, did the right thing: she applied for legal aid to proceed with her separation and divorce papers. Sadly, Zahra was denied legal aid because she was working and had a "decent" income.

This Window Display Reveals A Darker Side Of The Holidays

Huffington Post Canada | Emily Anonuevo | Posted 12.09.2015 | Canada Living

Transitional shelters see an increase of 30 per cent in calls for support during the holidays.

Liberals Urged To Repeal Rule That Traps Immigrant Women In Abusive Homes

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Politics

Groups including the council for refugees have expressed grave concerns, saying the measure would increase the risk of spousal abuse.

What Would You Do if Your Spouse Was Your Rapist?

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 08.11.2013 | Canada Living
Lawrence D. Elliott

This week, I had a drink with a very good friend. He's currently in a relationship with a wonderful woman whose ex-husband, the father of her children also happens to be the man who raped and brutally sodomized her for the last four years of their nine-year marriage. No one believed the story of her ordeal. No one in her family. Not one of her friends. Disbelief is a cruel after-effect of rape. It's also the trump card of the rapist. The burden is all too often placed on the victim, not the perpetrator. And when it's a spouse, he knows how to make the victim feel so worthless, guilty and low, that she'll avoid doing what is necessary.

Why People Charged With Crimes Deserve Bail

James Morton | Posted 04.02.2013 | Canada
James Morton

A dreadful murder in Toronto where the suspect was on bail has, once again, led to media outrage. Calls to restrict or even prohibit bail have been made. What is striking about the media outrage is how ill-informed the response seems to be about bail itself.

A Heavy Price

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.21.2013 | Canada Living

OTTAWA - A major federal investigation into spousal violence says it cost society at least $7.4 billion for the thousands of incidents that occurred i...

Almost 100,000 Canadians Are Victims Of Family Violence: StatsCan

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.22.2012 | Canada Living

OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says about 99,000 Canadians were victims of family violence in 2010, with spouses accounting for almost half the abuse.The ...

Women 'Put Themselves At Risk For Rape', Say 40 Per Cent Of Men In Alberta

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.14.2012 | Canada Living

New research released in Alberta this week revealed that men's attitudes toward women have progressed in some ways, but in others, are quite alarming ...

Domestic Violence Offenders Likely To Offend Again Once Out On Bail

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.05.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A new Justice Department study suggests a significant number of men released on bail after allegedly beating up their partners return home to...