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. This investment is to help improve access to justice for women who have experienced domestic violence.
Luke’s Place will work with the new family law service centre in Oshawa to provide a safe, supportive site for low-income abused women.
“Women will receive holistic, wrap-around services based on Luke’s Place successful clinic model of a lawyer/legal support worker team approach,” says Carol Barkwell, Executive Director of Luke’s Place. “This funding and the timing of the opening of the family law service centre provides a unique opportunity to enhance and test an innovative model which could have application across the province, and offers increased flexibility, safety and access to services for this vulnerable population.”
Women who have experienced domestic violence will:
- have access to a staff lawyer who can provide legal advice and help with drafting family court documents
- be linked with a legal support worker or family court support worker based out of Luke’s Place
- receive support from staff who understand domestic violence
- connect with other services offered at Luke’s Place, including group support sessions, early information and safety planning sessions
For more details about this project, please see the Legal Aid Ontario website.