My inquiry questions this semester is: What problems do Canadian women face when using the Battered Woman Syndrome Defence in courts?
This defence, commonly known as the BWS defence, is a type of legal defence that is used by women who kill their abusers or/and batterers.
I’ve gained interest in the topic last semester in my Law 12 class. The teacher mentioned that although this defence was developed around 30 years ago, it is still problematic in Canadian Courts. I want to research about this topic to know exactly to know, if any, the problems with this defence. I am also curious to see how the knowledge about Canadian law that I learned in my class can be used in my research.