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Lecture 11

SOSC 1350 Lecture 11: Intimate Partner Violence lecture outline

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York University
Social Science
SOSC 1350
Julie Dowsett

INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE The husband hath, by law, power and dominion over his wife, and may keep her by force within the bounds of duty, and may beat her, but not in a violent manner. —Matthew Bacon (18th century English jurist) The law historically sanctioned the abuse of women within marriage as an aspect of the husband’s ownership of his wife and his “right” to chastise her. One need only recall the centuries-old law that a man is entitled to beat his wife with a stick “no thicker than his thumb.” —S.C.C. Justice Bertha Wilson (in R. v. Lavallee) 1. Violence Against Women in Canada: A Snapshot a. 1 in 2 Canadian women have survived at least one incident of physical or sexual violence b. over a quarter (29%) of Canadian women have been assaulted by a spouse c. 4 out of 5 Canadians murdered by their spouses are women murdered by men d. female children are targets of abuse in families more than male children e. over one million Canadian children have witnessed violence against their mothers by their fathers or father figures f. almost 1 in 3 (30%) of murders of women over 65 are committed by their spouses g. 21% of women abused by a partner were assaulted during pregnancy; for 40% of these women, the abuse began during pregnancy h. vast majority of Indigenous women have experienced violence (e.g. residential schools, racially-motivated attacks) i. violence against wome
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