What are restraining orders? How can I get one?

Many abusive men engage in ongoing strategies of harassment and intimidation against their partner even after they separate. Restraining orders are an important tool of the family court to help keep women and their children in these situations safe. A

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What is child protection and the CAS?

The Child and Family Services Act (CFSA) is the Ontario law dealing with child protection. Its purpose is to promote the best interests, protection and well-being of children. The CFSA authorizes children’s aid societies (CAS) to: investigate allegations or evidence

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What do Domestic Violence Death Review Committees do?

Domestic Violence Death Review Committees (DVDRCs) exist in a number of locations around the world, including Ontario. They are multi-disciplinary committees of experts who review domestic violence related deaths and provide recommendations for change and advice, largely to government and

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Challenges for newcomer women who want to leave their partners

A woman who is a newcomer to Canada faces many challenges if she separates from her husband. She may be concerned about whether she can stay in Canada, have fears that her partner may try to take the children back

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Durham Walk for Charity, October 29, Deer Creek, Ajax

The Durham Community Foundation’s Walk for Charity, rescheduled to Sunday, October 29th, will take place at Deer Creek, 2700 Audley Road, Ajax. For details, visit the Durham Community Foundation website. Please join Luke’s Place on the Walk. All pledge money

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What is a domestic contract? Are there different kinds?

Domestic contracts are legal agreements entered into by people wishing to set their own terms in their relationships with one another and include cohabitation agreements, marriage contracts and separation agreements. To be legally binding, the contract must be in writing

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My partner and I are common law. Do I have the same rights as a married person?

Many women in common-law relationships believe they have exactly the same legal rights as women who are married. While there are many commonalities, there are some important differences, especially with respect to the way in which property is divided if

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Durham Walk for Charity postponed until October 29

We would like to thank all our supporters of Luke’s Place in Durham Community Foundation’s Walk for Charity originally scheduled for Saturday, June 24th.  Due to unforeseen circumstances the organizers at the Foundation have had to postpone this event until

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Luke’s Place is Hiring

Luke’s Place is seeking a full time, experienced Administrative Assistant to provide professional administrative support to the delivery of its innovative programs and services to women and their advocates. Our office is located in Oshawa, Ontario. Download the job posting

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Case law: The costs of unwillingness to settle

In Jackson v Mayerle (2016 ONSC 1556), Justice Pazaratz has written another colourful decision, this time in a case where the mother refused to accept a number of offers to settle presented by the father and, after a 36-day trial

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