Court Watch programs are a form of community oversight where trained volunteers systematically monitor the treatment of criminal court cases related to woman abuse.


Thunder Bay Women’s Court Watch Program is a joint initiative between the Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre and Faye Peterson Transition House.  The program launched in 2007 after numerous advocates working with local and regional women experiencing abuse noted repeated inconsistent and/or inappropriate responses from the criminal court system.

Trained volunteers collect quantitative and qualitative data to assess the consistency and adequacy of sentencing, provision of safety for women, adherence to domestic violence policy and attitudes of court personnel, among other concerns. The data is collated and published in order to provide the public and professionals with a snapshot of the effectiveness of the criminal justice system’s response to woman abuse, and to make visible any changes in its response over time.

Thunder Bay's Court Watch Program was initially funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario. In subsequent years, due to lack of ongoing funding, Faye Peterson House, with support from Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre, has worked to continue the program.  

Click on the links below to view the published final reports:

Thunder Bay Women's Court Watch Program Report (2009)

Thunder Bay Women's Court Watch Program Report (2008)  


for more information about becoming a Court Watch volunteer, or to view the brochure and volunteer application, click here