Silenced by the pandemic: The impact of COVID-19 on domestic violence

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The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our daily lives and has had a significant impact on the justice system and its institutions. Unprecedented measures have confined us to our homes in order to fight an invisible threat. However, this new reality has exacerbated many issues, including domestic violence.

In this video, law students expose the impact of COVID-19 on women victims of domestic violence from the perspective of access to justice. They meet with Me Sheri Spunt, a family law lawyer in Montreal, who explains the consequences of the pandemic on her practice, family disputes and the situation of clients who are confined to their homes in situations of domestic violence. The students then present issues of access to support resources during the pandemic with Ms. Louise Lafortune of the Regroupement des maisons pour femmes victimes de violence conjugale.

This visual advocacy video was produced by law students Malick Ouattara, Matthew Steinlauf and Samy Sichaib as a term project for the Visual Advocacy / Law and Film course at the Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section, University of Ottawa.

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