Tag: violence against women

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

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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French translations of Luke’s Place fact sheets now available

Luke’s Place has partnered with Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes (AOcVF) to provide fact sheets for francophone clients on legal issues related to family law and violence against women. Action ontarienne translated and adapted Luke’s Place resources.

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Paralegals in family courts not the solution

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Pamela Cross and Amanda Dale respond to the recent report by Justice Bonkalo, Family Legal Services Review. Although they applaud the effort, there is a “fatal flaw” in the report — a lack of understanding of the impact of violence

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How can I support a woman who is dealing with mental health and substance use as well as abuse by her partner?

Violence against women services generally are seeing more and more women with co-occurring issues. There are a number of reasons for this: As other community services become underfunded and over-extended, they are referring clients to VAW services Women who have

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Breaking the Silence to End the Violence

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The pandemic that is violence against women in this country is deeply embedded in our culture. It manifests itself in our music, television programs and movies. But it also shows up in casual conversation, as illustrated by my recent experience

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Response to a murderer’s letter: Challenging journalism on violence against women

Letter by Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, to the Ottawa Citizen: There are a number of important questions that arise from the recent article in the Ottawa Citizen entitled “Triple-murder accused Borutski likens himself to Samson in letter from

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The country we want doesn’t use fake feminism to hate

From the Toronto Star: The election rhetoric based on fear-mongering against women who wear niqab only has traction if we all collude with its false conclusions. It turns women’s safety and rights into a political game that distracts from the

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How can I support a woman who does not want to leave her abuser?

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When the violence against women movement became increasingly organized in Canada and shelters for abused women and rape crisis centres began to open, most of the work was focused on helping women get away from their abusers. There was an

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Teaching about domestic violence: Law schools get a failing grade

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According to a recent Toronto Star investigation, “Law schools fail on domestic violence training, experts say”. In 2012, Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, was commissioned by the Law Commission of Ontario to develop curriculum on violence against women for

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Upcoming webinar from Luke’s Place: Understanding the best interests of the child test

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All custody and access decisions are made using the best interests of the child test, as set out in section 24 of the Children’s Law Reform Act. The test sets out a number of factors that judges are required to

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