This 4-module, self-directed online training is designed to introduce VAW front-line workers to the most critical criminal law issues for women who have experienced physical or sexual violence, or criminal harassment, and who are, or are considering becoming involved with the criminal court and/or related systems.

Module Topics: Canada’s two court systems, roles of key players within the criminal system, common charges, basic language, role of the advocate, making a statement, laying charges, bail, Crown resolution meetings, evidence – including rape kits, testifying – including cross examination, standard of proof, victim impact statements, sentencing, mandatory charging, dual/counter charging, rape myths and stereotypes, historical sexual violence, relationship between criminal and family court, access to legal information and advice, helpful criminal-related processes, maintaining privacy of records, individual and systemic advocacy, court accompaniment, and emotional support.

System requirements: To access audio component, you will require speakers and/or headphones, and a medium to high speed Internet connection; however, transcripts accompany all audio lectures.

This course was developed in 2011 and, as a result, the legal information provided is current only to that date. It may no longer accurately reflect the law or application of the law. Please be aware of this when you take the course and use the information in it. Springtide Resources and Pamela Cross take no responsibility for any reliance made on information that is out of date


Cost: $200.00

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Development of this course is supported by a grant from The Law Foundation of Ontario