Thursday, January 7, 2016


The Yukon Status of Women Council is pleased to release our much anticipated

The report provides the findings and recommendations of the Court Watch Yukon program from June 2014 to the end of May 2015. Court Watch volunteers observed proceedings with respect to violence against women, spousal violence, and sexualized assault in Whitehorse, Dawson, and Watson Lake. Information in this report focuses on Whitehorse, since limited data was available from the communities at that time. The report has been organized into the following sections: Background, Methodology, What we learned from victims of violence, Demographics, Court environment, Bail hearings, Domestic Violence Treatment Option Court, Trials, Sentencing, Victims’ experience in court, Victim safety, Language, Reflection, Recommendations, and What’s next.   This is followed by a bibliography as well as an appendix.

The Yukon Status of Women Council wishes to thank all the hard-working, enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers from Whitehorse, Dawson City and Watson Lake who sat through many hours of court proceedings, trainings and meetings in order to make this project a success.  We are thankful to the women victims of violence who contributed their experiences with the legal system. We are very grateful to our research advisors, Dr. Kate Rossiter and Dr. Margaret Jackson, for their direction and to the many justice professionals who freely gave of their time to educate us and offer their insights into the workings of the legal system. Finally, we appreciate the support generously given by the members of the women’s community in the Yukon whose valuable perceptions and questions helped inform this project.

Since September 2015, CWY has resumed observing bail hearings, trials, and sentencings in Whitehorse, Dawson City, and Watson Lake. CWY is no longer observing the Domestic Violence Treatment Option court in Whitehorse.

You can also find a copy on our Publications page.