‘Justice in the Premises’: Family Violence and the Law in Montreal, 1825-1850

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Author/collaborator
Title
‘Justice in the Premises’: Family Violence and the Law in Montreal, 1825-1850
Abstract
The author argues that the judicial response to family violence in Montreal during the period 1825 to 1850 was marked by paradox. The criminal justice system, driven by private prosecutors, limited the ability of some to seek the law’s protection, but it allowed others to exercise considerable discretion and influence over the pursuit of justice. The author concludes that by the 1850s, the courts were making public some of Victorian Montreal’s darkest secrets relating to infanticide, child abuse, domestic violence and spousal murder.
Type
PhD dissertation
University
McGill University
Place
Montreal
Date
2003
Language
en
URL
Citation
Pilarczyk, Ian C. “‘Justice in the Premises’: Family Violence and the Law in Montreal, 1825-1850.” PhD dissertation, McGill University, 2003. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/thesescanada/vol2/QMM/TC-QMM-84214.pdf.
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