Month: October 2014

Why do the police sometimes charge an abuser even though the woman does not want them to?

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Mandatory charging is a policy in place across Canada that requires police to lay charges in domestic violence cases where the officer involved believes there is a reasonable likelihood of getting a conviction, whether or not the victim wants a

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Can a child support recipient sue FRO? Recent case law

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The answer to this question, as determined in the case of Ashak v Ontario (Director, Family Responsibility Office) 2012 CarswellOnt 11102, seems to be “maybe.” In this instance, Ms Ashak sued FRO, alleging that its negligence allowed her husband, who

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Immigration law amendments another barrier for abused women

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In a recent Rabble.ca article, “Domestic violence cases spike after immigration law amendment“, Ferrukh Faruqui writes, “women are most subject to violence in the refuge of their homes. Newcomers are not immune to this cross cultural pandemic.” Since 2012, changes

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Can a woman who does not have status stay in Canada if her child is born here?

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Just because a woman has a child born in Canada does not mean that she can stay here. If she does not have status in Canada, she has to make an application for permanent resident status, which must be approved

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Toronto training deadline in one week

With funding support from Status of Women Canada, Luke’s Place has provided nine comprehensive, gender-based three-day trainings in a number of communities across Ontario on family law support and advocacy for violence against women service providers. We are about to

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Mobility: Recent case law

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The case of Boudreault v Charles, 2014 ONCJ 273 (XanLII) explores the factors for a judge to consider when hearing a motion for an interim order to relocate a child. In this case, the mother already had interim custody and

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The Women Abuse Prevention Leadership Forum 2014: Guest Jackson Katz

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The VPCC & DRPS are sponsoring two exceptional opportunities for our community that will be facilitated by Jackson Katz, co-creator of the gender violence education program, “Mentors in Violence Prevention”. Event 1: October 28, 2014 7:00 – 8:30 is a

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Luke’s Place Partners with Legal Aid Ontario

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Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is investing $600,000 over three years in a partnership with Luke’s Place, a centre devoted solely to improving the safety and experience of abused women and their children as they proceed through the family law process.

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Can a woman’s family court case have an impact on her immigration matter?

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The timing of a woman’s application to family court can be very important to her immigration case.  If she has lived in Canada for many years and has had custody of her Canadian child without formalizing that relationship in family

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