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Survivors Speak: Domestic Abuse & the Legal System

In Alberta, domestic abuse survivors consistently report that the legal system is one of the most significant barriers to their healing journeys. The legal system has not been designed for survivors and those who access it must often navigate a minefield of judges and lawyers who do not understand the realities of domestic violence.  Furthermore, the legal procedures often protect their abusers while exposing survivors to further harm. 

In 2023, the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters partnered with survivors from across Alberta to better understand the experience of navigating the legal system in cases of domestic violence and abuse. In this documentary, seven survivors share their experiences of the legal system and what they wish judges, lawyers, and the public knew about domestic abuse.


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