Month: September 2016

Part 1: How can I help a woman disclose abuse?

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Service providers, lawyers and other professionals working with women who have experienced abuse often assist women in recording their history of abuse for court documentation and safety planning. Both of these responsibilities require women to talk to you about the

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Renfrew County murders remembered

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Tomorrow, Thursday September 22, is the first anniversary of the Renfrew County triple homicide. Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, will be doing an interview on CBC radio Ontario Morning at 7:10 AM. Related posts: Luke’s Place Legal Director on

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When Shared Parenting and the Safety of Women and Children Collide

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Shared parenting and joint custody are common outcomes in family law cases, even when there is a history of woman abuse. Such custody and access arrangements mean that an abusive partner can continue his manipulation of and violence against the

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Recent case: Recognition of foreign divorce

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Essa v Mekawi 2014 ONSC 7400 The parties were married in Egypt under the marriage laws of that country. Both of them are Egyptian citizens. In addition, the father is a Canadian citizen and the mother has permanent resident status

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What are domestic contracts?

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Note: This is an update of a 2014 FAQ.  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

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Walk for Luke’s Place: Your support matters

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Please join Luke’s Place in Durham Community Foundation’s Walk for Charity on Sunday, October 16th at 10am at Lakeview Park in Oshawa. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $25 and includes a BBQ lunch. Register on the DCF website. Get

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Accredited training for lawyers with clients leaving abusive relationships

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Family law cases involving violence against women are complicated, time consuming, stressful, challenging and can be dangerous for both the client and her lawyer. Yet effective lawyering is essential to ensure a positive outcome that allows the client and her

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