Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work


Sociology, Criminology and Penology.




This paper explores different discourses in Ontario's Bill 117 (2000), An Act to Better Protect Victims of Domestic Violence. Through an examination of the Hansard transcripts this paper seeks to explore how feminist, men's rights and other actors, both state and non-state, collectively constructed the problem of domestic violence. I incorporate both feminist and Foucauldian insights focusing on how knowledge and power are deployed and produced within this discursive context. Using a combined content and discourse analysis research strategy, I identify seven important themes: everyone is responsible, protection and gender, rights and gender, funding and fairness, numerical and statistical truths, language, and resistance. Through this study, I contribute to debates on Canadian criminal justice solutions to feminist efforts to empower and encourage women to resist male abuse and power.Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2006 .G57. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 45-01, page: 0164. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2006.