Author: Pamela Cross

What is intersectionality and how does it impact my work?

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Understanding intersectionality is important if we are to provide the best possible services to women. Especially for those of us from the dominant culture, learning about intersectionality, power, privilege and oppression is a lifelong process. What is intersectionality? The word

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Case law: Child protection and Crown wardship of a very young child

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Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton v K.R. (Mother) 2014CarswellOnt 14930: The one-year-old child at the centre of this case had been in the care of the CAS because the mother was not able to care for her. The mother had

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How can I manage the impact of calling CAS about a client’s children?

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This is the second of two posts on reporting to child protection. The first explored your duty to report. The woman’s response A woman who learns that her children are under investigation by child welfare may have many different feelings.

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What is my duty to report to child protection authorities?

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This is the first of two posts on reporting to child protection. Next week, we’ll look at how to manage the impact of making a report. You will be confronted, from time to time, with situations where you may have

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What are the rights of grandparents who want access to their grandchildren?

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Bill 34, Children’s Law Reform Amendment Act (Relationship with Grandparents), received Royal Assent and came into effect in December 2016. This legislation makes changes to the CLRA provisions with respect to the rights of grandparents to custody and/or access of

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What can be done when bail conditions conflict with family law orders?

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When someone is charged with a criminal offence, they are generally kept in custody until a bail hearing can be held. At this hearing, the court will determine whether the accused can be released, usually with a number of conditions

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What do I need to know to support women whose partners have sexually assaulted them?

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Intimate partner sexual abuse/violence is poorly understood and under-recognized, both by the women who experience it and those who provide services to them. And yet, in Canada in 2011, 17% of sexual assault reported to the police were committed by

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Case law and enforcing a mahr

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We have updated our article on working with a woman who has signed a mahr with her husband. Mahr (also spelled maher, mohr and mehr) is a form of marriage agreement in which the husband promises to pay his wife

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How can I explain the family court process to my client?

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A family court case can be confusing to anyone who is not familiar with the process. For a woman who is dealing with trauma as a result of past and ongoing abuse by her partner, it may be completely overwhelming.

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How can I support an older woman who has been abused by her partner?

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This post focuses on intimate partner abuse of older women, although older women can also be subjected to abuse by other family members, particularly adult children and/or professional caregivers, whether they live in the home or in an institution. Young

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