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Gauging the effectiveness of society’s response to domestic violence

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October is domestic violence awareness month.  We have, as a society, certainly come a long way in our treatment of domestic violence.  But is that response always helpful?  Read the article here.

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Peace Bonds And Domestic Assault Charges

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Peace bonds are often a tool used in criminal courts to settle criminal charges without the accused person pleading guilty.  But are they a good way to resolve a charge of domestic assault?  Click here to find out.

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Proving Motive

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Look in any basic criminal law text and you’ll see that motive is not an element that must be proven in a criminal trial.  That having been said, when a party is able to demonstrate a motive, it is often able to gain the victory in the trial.  This principle applies both to the prosecution as well as the defence.  For the Crown, where it is able to demonstrate a motive on the part of the accused to have committed ...

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Domestic Assault: Using the Complainant’s Video Statement At Trial

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Many domestic assault cases are of the ‘he said, she said’ variety with little other evidence to substantiate any of the allegations.  In such circumstances the case will typically turn on the testimony of the complainant alleging the domestic assault.  As a criminal defence lawyer, it becomes crucial in such cases to know the testimony of the complainant inside and out.  Often times in such cases the complainant will have provided a videotaped statement to the police.  This videotaped statement ...

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Understanding Domestic Assault Charges

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How does a charge of domestic assault typically come about?

Domestic assault charges typically arise from an argument or physical confrontation between spouses or partners.  Things get heated and eventually someone calls the police.  Often times, the police are called to try and help calm things down.  Most people that call 911 do not expect that someone is going to be charged with domestic assault.  Often times, the person who calls 911 does not even intend to have his or her ...

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