Mapping Domestic Violence Law and Policy in Alberta: Intersections and Access to Justice

38 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2020

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Jennifer Koshan

University of Calgary - Faculty of Law

Date Written: November 10, 2020

Abstract

Domestic violence is a social problem governed by numerous laws, policies and justice system components at the federal, provincial and territorial levels. These laws and policies can overlap and intersect in ways that create challenging access to justice issues for litigants in domestic violence matters, particularly marginalized women who are survivors of violence. This article analyzes the laws, government policies, and justice system components that apply to domestic violence in Alberta as one step towards enhancing access to justice in this context. It also recommends specific law reform measures, government oversight, and action by the courts and other legal actors to deal with problematic intersections and gaps that compromise access to justice. The focus is on law and policy prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, although significant legal and policy developments related to the pandemic are noted.

Suggested Citation

Koshan, Jennifer, Mapping Domestic Violence Law and Policy in Alberta: Intersections and Access to Justice (November 10, 2020). Forthcoming, Alberta Law Review, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3728322

Jennifer Koshan (Contact Author)

University of Calgary - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
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