institutions have been developed, such as transition homes for victims and treatment programs for perpetrators. At the same time, established institutions have been called upon to alter their practices and improve their response to domestic violence. What's Law Got To Do With It? examines changes in the Canadian justice system from the introduction of protection order legislation, to family law, to changes in criminal court procedures. Do protection orders offer victims an alternative for safety without having to involve police or the courts? Do family law courts give due consideration to safety in custody matters where violence has occurred? From the Yukon to downtown Toronto, specialized domestic violence courts are exploring new strategies to aid victims and hold perpetrators accountable. Do these strategies work? In What's Law Got To Do With It? we learn from the perspective of prosecutors, victims, and researchers of the efficacy of these changes in the justice system. The authors present recent, original research on the impact of specialized courts, the utilization of protection orders, and questions about custody in family violence cases.
About the Editors:
Dr. Jane Ursel is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Manitoba. She is also the director of RESOLVE (Research and Education for Solutions to Violence and Abuse) in Manitoba. Dr. Leslie M. Tutty is a professor at the University of Calgary. She has a BA and MA in psychology from the University of Saskatchewan and a PhD in social work from Wilfrid Laurier University. Janice leMaistre was appointed to the Provincial Court of Manitoba in 2006. She is considered an expert in matters involving child abuse, elder abuse, and spousal abuse. She has also held the position of supervising senior Crown Attorney in the family violence unit.