General Legal Information1
Here are some resources that explain the various legal options open to a woman who has been abused, and possibly answer many of her questions. We hope these links will help women to consider their options and to utilize resources available to them. The information contained in this site is intended as general legal information only and should not form the basis of legal advice of any kind. Individuals seeking specific legal advice should consult a lawyer.
In Canada, stalking is called criminal harassment. It is against the law. If you are being stalked, it is not your fault. Here are some resources that explain the law and various legal options open to someone being stalked. We hope these links will help you to consider your options and to utilize resources available to you.
Restorative Justice (also known as Alternative Justice)1
There have been positive results using Restorative Justice (RJ) methods in cases of crimes committed by strangers, such as break-and-enters and drunk driving. It remains unclear, however, whether using Restorative Justice methods in cases of violence against women would also have positive results (and would help eliminate systemic violence against women), or would simply re-victimize women and perpetuate violence in another form. As of 2000, Justice Departments in some Canadian provinces were already moving toward the use of Restorative Justice strategies in cases of sexual and/or domestic violence, and Saskatchewan Justice has participated in cross-sector investigations of this issue.
General RJ Resources | RJ in cases of violence against women
General Restorative Justice Resources1
Restorative Justice in cases of violence against women1
Provocation, Self-Defence and Defence of PropertyOn June 26, 1998, the Criminal Law Policy Section of the Canadian Federal Department of Justice put forward a public consultation paper entitled Reforming Criminal Code Defences: Provocation, Self-Defence and Defence of Property. The paper explained that "many individuals and groups believe that the defences [of provocation, self-defence and defence of property reflect archaic and outmoded values and principles and that they need to be reformulated to address modern concerns and realities, particularly in the domestic sphere." The following links are responses by various groups to the invitation to participate in the reformulation of these criminal code defences:
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last modified May 2013