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For many of us, the news that, before he shot and killed at least 22 people in rural Nova Scotia on April 18 and 19, Gabriel Wortman had assaulted his partner, was no surprise. There had been many hushed conversations within the violence against women community throughout the week about this probability. Our only question…

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Pamela Cross

Our Legal Director, Pamela Cross, has been recognized with a Queen’s Law alumni award. Pam receives the J.A. (Alec) Corry Distinguished Alumni Award for excelling in a career outside the traditional practice of law. Described as “a warrior for victims of domestic violence”, Pam was chosen by the Dean’s Council Awards Committee. The award was…

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Updated Apr. 8/20 – Luke’s Place Support & Resource Centre is committed to providing services to women who have been subjected to intimate partner violence while mitigating the risks associated with COVID-19. Women in Durham Region (Ajax, Brock, Clarington, Oshawa, Pickering, Scugog, Uxbridge and Whitby) Contact us at 905-728-0978 x 221 Monday to Friday 9…

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The COVID-19 pandemic and the measures put in place to protect the public have left women in abusive relationships in a tough spot, say representatives from a Durham organization that provides family court support to abused women. Journalist Reka Szekely interviewed Luke’s Place on the impact of COVID-19 on women living with violence. The article…

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Your donation helps us to support women with urgent family law issues during the COVID-19 crisis. Some women are trying to escape abusive relationships at this time of social isolation. Others are dealing with abusive ex-partners who refuse to return children from access visits or who will not pay support just as a woman is…

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Toronto Star reporter, Jim Rankin, interviewed Luke’s Place and other women’s services on the impact of social distancing and self-isolation during the COVID-19 crisis. Nearing the end of March Break, a woman gets a call from her ex. He says he’s going to keep the kids past his regularly scheduled access, adding: “and I don’t…

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The connection between COVID-19 and the safety of women living in or attempting to flee abusive relationships may not be immediately obvious, but those of us practising family law, in particular, need to be aware of it. Public policy decisions that close schools, community centres, libraries, arenas and swimming pools; encourage people to work remotely…

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