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Corporal Punishment and Domestic Violence: The Case for “Anti-Spanking” Legislation

Recall conversations among parents deliberating the joys and perils of raising children – does the following sound familiar? “I wouldn’t normally spank my kid, but if he crosses the road without looking, you bet I’m gonna make my point! That’ll be the last time he does that.” While spanking is reportedly becoming an a gauche […]


Lana Wells
Lana Wells
Lana Wells is the Brenda Strafford Chair in the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary.

Alina Tanasescu Turner
Alina Tanasescu Turner is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology, University of Calgary (2013).

A Spotlight on Family Violence and Immigrant Women in Canada

Family violence remains a serious, on-going problem for many inhabitants of Canada. Justice Canada defines it as any form of abuse, mistreatment, or neglect that a child or adult experiences—physically, sexually, emotionally, financially, or otherwise—from a family member or from someone with whom they have an intimate relationship. Statistics Canada’s most recent profile on family […]


Faye Wong
Faye Wong is a lawyer at Legal Aid Alberta.

Lindsey Panjvani
Lindsey Panjvani completed a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta in 2013. She was inspired to pursue this degree by her past work at Legal Aid Alberta. She is now a librarian at MacEwan University.

Including Pets in Protective Orders

There is a growing awareness of the importance of pets to their owners, and especially to victims of domestic violence who rely on them for comfort and security at a time when they are most needed. Perpetrators of violence know this too – which is why they often threaten, harm, or even kill the pets […]


Tim Battle
Tim Battle is the Director of Education for the Alberta SPCA.

Reflecting on Family Violence

I practise family law and often my clients have experienced, or are experiencing, family violence.  It can be difficult to discuss “family violence” generally because there is no one experience of violence.  A “yes” to a general question about whether or not a client has experienced family violence can mean a hundred different things; just […]


Sarah Dargatz
Sarah Dargatz
Sarah Dargatz has been practicing family law since 2009. She is currently a partner at Latitude Family Law LLP.

Domestic Violence, Renting and the Law

Homelessness is often a result of domestic violence (DV). When someone is fleeing violence at home, he or she needs somewhere to live and often has few or limited resources. There are additional difficulties if the person is a renter and either wants to remain living in the property, or is trying to find somewhere […]


Rochelle Johannson
Rochelle Johannson is a staff lawyer with the Centre for Public Legal Education (CPLEA) in Edmonton, Alberta.

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