Read our Courtwatch Report

“Still Unbalanced: Intimate Partner Violence and the Scales of Justice” is the report we developed based on the findings of our 2013-2014 Courtwatch initiative.

Download the Report

The Courtwatch project was set up by WomenatthecentrE as a way to gather insight, statistics, and information on the justice system response when it comes to violence against women. It’s important that we hold our legal system, judges, and lawyers accountable for their pivotal role in the administration of justice in regards to domestic violence.


Our volunteers attend sessions of court where charges involving domestic violence are being prosecuted. We monitor the behaviours, actions, and language of all members of the court including the victim and defendant, and report on our findings as objectively as possible.


2013/2014 Volunteers:

Adam Helfand-Green

Hi, I’m a recent graduate from the University of Guelph with a Honors in Political Science and a Minor in History. I was introduced to the issue of Domestic Violence issues as a child, living with a mother who has done a great deal of work and advocacy on the subject. I am very excited to be working with WomenatthecentrE on our Courtwatch project and would love any feedback on our work. Oh…I also play guitar in a band.

Ariel Weber

I hold a bachelors degree in political science from the University of British Columbia and am a very strong advocate of social justice and human rights, with a particular emphasis on women’s rights. I became involved in this Courtwatch program through my friend Adam who introduced me to the many intricacies, frustrations and triumphs that comes along with our judicial system and its role in protecting and delivering justice to our citizens.

Jessica Cassell

Biography coming soon.

Katrina Craparotta

I recently obtained my Master’s degree in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies from York University. My research explored issues of inclusivity in curriculum development and teacher training under the Ontario Ministry of Education and focused on the English classroom as a space where inclusive curriculum needs to be more actively fostered, particularly through the teaching of queer literature. I was introduced to Courtwatch by Adam and was happy to be recruited as the project reminds myself and others to be ever-critical of our justice system and aware of the role it plays in ending the cycle of domestic abuse that continues to occur in our society.

Lillianne Cadieux-Shaw

Biography coming soon.

Linda Johnson

My name is Linda, and I’m a fourth year Bachelor of Social Work student at York University. I am currently completing my practicum experience at WomenatthecentrE, an organization devoted to transforming lives and eradicating violence against women. Everything about the organization appealed to me, but I became particularly interested when I was introduced to the Court Watch program.

Sana Haddad

I am a recent graduate from the University of Miami with a major in psychology and a minor in sociology. I am currently a research assistant, hoping to pursue a Masters in Psychology. I was introduced to this program by my friend Adam and am so excited to be a part of WomenatthecentrE’s initiative to help make a positive difference in the community. I am also a pro at Harry Potter trivia, just in case you were wondering.

Sara Press

Biography coming soon.


This project falls under our ‘Criminal Justice’ portfolio.

Start Date

The project was launched in September 2013.

Who Can Participate

Courtwatch is open to any volunteer interested in documenting the justice system as it relates to violence against women.

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