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Both the social and legal view of domestic violence has recently undergone an incredibly necessary reform in the modern era. However, there is still a great need for improvement in this field. While law and policies have transformed into a system of harsher punishment for offenders, domestic violence remains one of the least reported crimes in Canada, with an estimated 70% of cases never being reported to the police (Statistics Canada, 2016). Within this sample size, there is clear indication that this is a gendered crime and, especially at its most volatile state, sees clear gender roles in the victims and offenders. Women are almost four times more likely to be victims of Domestic violence and make up 83% of the victims in spousal violence cases in Ontario (Statistics Canada, 2016). For this population of female victims, Ontario is not providing the protection necessary to live a safe, normal life after spousal abuse.

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Intersecting Identities and Issues in the Legal System For this blog post, I have chosen the topic of the release of suspect Paul Bernardo in the case of “the Scarborough Rapist”. This case will help me examine the effects of intersectional identities and issues in the criminal justice system. This will also show how gender can interact with other components of a person’s identity.

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