Conditional Sentencing in Domestic Violence and Related Cases in New Brunswick Research Team

2003 - 2008

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Research team:

  • Carmen Gill, Co-Coordinator of the team, Director, Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence

Team Members

  • James Burns, Senior Policy Advisor, Policy & Planning Branch, Justice and Consumers Affairs
  • Heather McTiernan, Program Coordinator, MMFC
  • Rosella Melanson, Director, NB Advisory Council on the Status of Women
  • Lorraine Whalley, Director, Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre

The goal of this research team wa to study the use and the impact of conditional sentencing in woman-abuse cases since conditional sentencing is gaining momentum in the justice system as an alternative to incarceration.

The team’s research objectives were:

The objectives of this research were: to understand how conditional sentencing is being used in domestic violence cases in New Brunswick; to understand the determining factors for imposing conditional sentences and; to explore the type and length of the conditions being attached to conditional sentences. An in-house report was prepared in 2007.  From this document an article has been submitted in the Spring 2008 to Currents a journal from the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary.

The research is now completed. This research team has been part of the MMFC since 2003.

We would like to thank all their members for their dedication and their involvement.