April 28, 2021

Professor cited in federal committee report

Professor Jennifer Koshan's research has been cited in a report from the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

Jennifer Koshan's expert testimony was cited in a new report by the federal Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on criminalizing coercive control. Professor Koshan supported further study and "flagged the danger of women being criminalized by the very laws that are intended to protect them." 

On 26 November 2020, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights agreed to embark on a study of domestic violence. The Committee concluded that coercive and controlling behaviour is exacerbated by the pandemic context, while access to services and the justice system are restricted, and put forward five recommendations to address this shadow pandemic and identify necessary changes that will benefit survivors of domestic violence now and far into the future.

Read the report