trial judge awarded the plaintiff $15,000 in general damages,
and about $8,000 in aggravated and punitive damages.
— S. (L.N.) v. K. (W.M.):47 over the 16 years they lived together,
the defendant abused the plaintiff by “pushing, hitting, kicking, choking, hair pulling, throwing to the floor, banging
head on floor or on walls, while accompanied by threats
(occasionally to kill) and highly abusive language that can
only be described as vulgar, humiliating and demeaning”.
The plaintiff had bruises and soreness and thought about
killing herself. The trial judge awarded her general damages
now equivalent to $21,500 for physical and mental abuse.
— Wandich v. Viele:48 In the last two years of a three-year marriage, the defendant husband physically assaulted the plaintiff seven to nine times. On one occasion, he grabbed her by
the throat, banged her head against the wall, pulled her hair
and punched her in the stomach. Other incidents included
threatening, choking, some bruising and a nose bleed. The
plaintiff was awarded just over $7,000.
— Van Dusen v. Van Dusen:49 the defendant husband tormented
the wife throughout their 17-year marriage. Some of his
abuse took [place] in front of their children. On the date of
separation, the husband threw a glass of water over the wife,
grabbed her by the hair, repeatedly called her a “fucking
bitch”, dragged her through the house by her shoulders, neck
and hair, struck her in the face with the palm of his closed
hand, and, when she fell to the ground, he jumped on top of
her. The wife suffered swelling and bruising to her face and
bruising to her body as a result, as well as emotional upset.
She was awarded roughly $17,000 in general and aggravated
damages for this incident.
 In Constantini, the parties lived together for a year then
were married for three years. After they separated, the defendant
husband broke into the plaintiff’s house one night, told her that
she “deserved to die”, choked her and banged her head against
the wall and floor. Based on the authorities set out above,
Pazaratz J. awarded the plaintiff general damages of about
$16,000 for assault and battery.
47  A.J. No. 723, 1999 ABQB 478, 246 A.R. 60.
48  O.J. No. 5, 24 R.F.L. (5th) 427 (S.C.J.).
49  O.J. No. 313, 2010 ONSC 220 (S.C.J.).