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Article: Domestic Violence

Domestic violence was rare but when it occurred, the wife of the man who was committing such an act could simply "divorce" her husband. This simply consisted of gathering her things and leaving the dwelling that the couple had come to know as theirs. Often times than not, the wife would remain in the marriage for the sake of the children and endure such mistreatment. When the wife did remain in the relationship, the violence would usually subsist, as the husband was fearful of the social consequence of domestic violence as the majority of Saulteaux society frowned upon it.