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SOSC 1350 Chapter Notes -Blue-Collar Worker, Equal Pay For Equal Work, Canadian Human Rights Tribunal


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Social Science
Course Code
SOSC 1350
Professor
Julie Dowsett

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March 6, 2013
Finishing intimate partner violence
4e majority of these abuses were all dealt with in the family law not a criminal law
1983, three offences of assault were put in the law, and 2 parallel were put in the sexual abuse law
Has three levels:
Level 1 simple assault (5 years in jail)
Level 2 presence of a weapon or bodily harm (10 years)
Level 3 aggravated assault {killing or wounding} (14 years)
Physical assault isn’t necessary for assault to occur (must have threats or hints that they may harm
people)
Police can charge someone if there is a reasonable and probable cause that an assault have occurred
Prior to 1983, had to have a witness or reliable witness or physical evidence (bruise)
Most situations there are no witnesses (big change since 1983)
Prior to 1983, it was common for no physical evidence or no reliable evidence
In the 1980s, police departments started to change on how they dealt with intimate violence (where
authorities have to be educated about physical abuse, why they should take it seriously)
^ intended to encourage women to call the police and show the public that the police take intimidate
partner violence seriously
Police forces still remain male dominated and sexism is still fairly high
^ Still in place today
From 1983-1993, the assaults increased by 192%
4f Lavllee was in an intimate violent relationship
^ her spouse gave her a gun and told her to kill him or he’ll kill her that night, then she shot him in the
back
^ she claimed it was self-defense therefore introduced BWS (battered women syndrome)
Recognized the gender bias in self-defense (usually women)
^ this victimized women (since she has “BWS”)
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