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The year-old woman killed in a Quebec City apartment earlier this week had ly accused the man charged in her death of assault, forcible confinement and uttering death threats, court documents reveal. She was pronounced dead shortly after. Just hours later, her partner, year-old Mimouni Noureddine turned himself in and was charged with second-degree murder.
According to court documents, Noureddine was arrested on Dec. He was acquitted of all charges on Feb. A peace bond, also referred Quebec woman 55 as an "," is sometimes used in situations of domestic violence when there isn't enough evidence to proceed to court, often because the victim won't testify against the suspect. Under those circumstances, the alleged perpetrator won't plead guilty to a charge but still has to admit, in court, that the victim has reasonable grounds to be fearful.
The perpetrator also needs to agree to certain conditions, determined by the prosecutor. Riendeau says prosecutors should think twice before agreeing to a peace bond in cases of intimate partner violence. Peace bonds are handed out with the assumption that the suspect will follow the orders, Riendeau said. There is no follow-up or mechanism in place to make sure that that actually happens. And if a victim does report a breach of the peace bond, Riendeau says the complaints are rarely taken seriously and seldom bring about consequences for the offender. Andrea Gunraj, spokesperson for the Canadian Women's Foundation, says that while peace bonds and restraining orders can be a useful tool in some cases, solutions to intimate partner violence need to go beyond the justice system.
Gunraj says community groups and grassroots organizations across the country need better funding so that they can provide people with educational tools, to help them better understand how to recognize s of intimate partner violence. Adding programs about gender-based violence to school curricula is also an important step, she said.
Former prosecutor Dominic Bouchard said lawyers often have no choice but to rely on peace bonds in cases of intimate partner violence. He said the victims often decide not to testify for a of reasons, leaving prosecutors with insufficient evidence. In other cases, he said, the victim is threatened into not testifying, or is concerned about reliving the trauma of their abuse in court.
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