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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 19, 2017
Yukon Status of Women Council
503 Hanson St
Whitehorse, YT
Y1A 1Y9

Court Watch Yukon program releases training videos

Court Watch Yukon, a project of the Yukon Status of Women Council, is releasing a set of training videos for volunteers interested in joining the program. These videos are publicly available on the Yukon Status of Women Council’s website.
The videos provide an overview of the Court Watch Yukon project, which observes court cases that involve violence against women, spousal violence, or sexualized assault and takes note of gender inequality in court. The training videos explain key players in the courtroom and how the legal system works. By watching these videos, volunteers will learn about victim’s rights, Gladue reports, minimizing and mutualizing language, the domestic violence treatment option, and commonly heard legal terms.
Volunteers for the Court Watch Yukon project take note of the court atmosphere, treatment of the victim, and language used to describe the violence. Court Watch Yukon volunteer training videos were generously funded by the Community Development Fund, and were directed and edited by Jessica Hall.
Court Watch Yukon started observing court proceedings in April 2014 in Whitehorse, Dawson City, and Watson Lake. Court Watch Yukon issued a report called  In Her Best Interest in January 2016, which contains findings and recommendations for observations made in Whitehorse courts. Court Watch Yukon is expanding its observations to Teslin, Haines Junction, Carmacks, and Carcross this year.
The Yukon Status of Women Council is a not-for-profit organization that strives to achieve women’s equality through research, advocacy, education, and public policy work. Yukon Status of Women Council has been actively working on equality issues including poverty, homelessness, mental health, violence against women, reproductive health, and improving the justice system since 1973.