The Abuse of Women and Women’s Rights in Canada Despite the fact that women are provided equal status under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982), they are often treated as second-class citizens by their families and also by society as a whole. Researchers are only just beginning to scratch the surface of why and how gendered violence and abuse takes place (Wathen & MacMillan, 2003), despite the fact that it has been growing in prevalence in the criminal justice system for decades (Biesenthal et al., 2001). One of the problems in collecting the data, and one of the reasons violence against women is so under-reported, as noted by Brownridge and Halli (2001), is that surveys often connect domestic violence with the concept...The end:
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