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New Law Commission of Ontario initiative: Law school curricula on violence against women
From a Law Commission of Ontario blog:
The Law Commission of Ontario has recently begun an initiative that is rather different from its usual projects. It is being funded by the Ontario Women's Directorate to develop law school curriculum modules around violence (particularly domestic violence) against women. "Women" are identified as the focus of the initiative because they are still the vast majority of victims of domestic violence.
The modules would be available to law schools that wished to use them. They would be flexible enough to be integrated into an existing course, serve as a freestanding intensive program or be combined to form a full course. The idea is that all law students would learn about these issues and not only those who expect to practice family, criminal or tort law or civil procedure. Merely identifying when domestic violence is an issue can be important for almost any area of law. Lawyers need to appreciate issues such as the complexities of relationships that influence how women respond to experiencing abuse or diversity in communities' responses and to know about the support services available.