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 inherent belief that this was what was best for women. While shelter work has always…

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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 Ontario law schools. At that time, based on research by the Ontario Domestic Violence Death…

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What is a supervised access order?

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Supervised access and supervised access exchanges can offer some protection to women who are concerned about the safety of their children during access or their own safety as they exchange the children with their partner. For example, if the access parent has a serious and unstable mental health issue, a drug or alcohol problem, has…

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