The Consequences of Using Violence

Luke’s Place Advocacy Director, Pamela Cross, is featured in the latest episode of She Is Your Neighbour. She Is Your Neighbour is a prevention project and storytelling series created by Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region to explore the realities and complexities of domestic violence by sharing stories from people of all walks of life.…

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Community safety includes safety from gender-based violence

Community safety and well-being plans (CSWPs) came into being as the result of the Safer Ontario Act, passed by the provincial government in 2018. It requires municipalities to create these CSWP plans, but offers little in the way of detail about what the plans need to include. Recommendation #10 from the CKW inquest calls for…

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Case comment: Coercive control & family violence

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Case summary prepared by Luke’s Place Advocacy Director, Pamela Cross In this case (F.S. v. M.B.T. 2023 ONCJ 102), Justice Sherr carefully analyzes the context of family violence, including coercive control, when making a decision related to parenting arrangements for a 12-year-old child. The case also involves a claim for spousal support by the mother,…

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Parental alienation, family violence and family law: Part two

In her 2023 report entitled, “Custody, violence against women and violence against children”, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women and Girls, Reem Aslalem, describes parental alienation as a “discredited and unscientific pseudo-concept” that serves as a tool for abusers  “to continue their abuse and coercion and to undermine and discredit allegations of domestic violence…

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Parental alienation, family violence and family law: Part one

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The terms parental alienation syndrome (PAS) and its more recent iteration, parental alienation (PA), have been creating challenges in family law cases involving parenting claims since at least the 1990s. Initially proposed by American psychologist Richard Gardner, PAS was his response to what he claimed were false allegations of child sexual abuse brought by mothers…

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Criminalizing coercive control: Part two via Law360 Canada

Over the past 40 years, we have seen the many ways in which the criminal law has failed survivors of IPV. Criminal law interventions and initiatives – new laws, changes to laws, new court processes, education for those who implement and interpret the law, different approaches to bail and to punishments for those found guilty…

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Criminalizing coercive control: Part one via Law360 Canada

We’ve heard a lot about coercive control in the past few years. Its first big appearance in the legal world came with the 2021 revisions to the Divorce Act which included, among other changes, a definition of family violence that included the phrase “a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour.” Coercive control is a term…

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Addressing the issue of parental alienation

What is parental alienation? Parental alienation (PA) has been a challenging issue for decades for many women leaving abusive partners. In recent years, the use of PA claims has risen. A common claim by an abusive partner is that the mother is intentionally alienating the children from him when, in fact, she is engaging in…

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