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Barriers to Women’s Participation in the Criminal Justice System

In 2016, the Ending Violence Association of Canada (EVA Canada) developed a series of 14 Briefing Notes on gender-based violence as a resource to support the work of Status of Women Canada and Department of Justice Canada in the development of a federal strategy on gender-based violence.

Briefing Note 7: Barriers to Women’s Participation in the Criminal Justice System

Introduction:

Policies, programs, practices and training regarding gender-based violence must focus on barriers to women’s participation in the justice system and on understanding and addressing women’s “reluctance”1 to report to police or to proceed with prosecution.

Full Briefing Note: 7