Updated endorsements – Brief by Luke’s Place Support and Resource Centre, Durham Region, Ontario
Presented by Pamela Cross, October 5, 2020
This brief responds to Bill 207: An Act to amend the Children’s Law Reform Act, the Courts of Justice Act, the Family Law Act and other Acts respecting various family law matters. It expands on a submission Luke’s Place made to the Attorney General in December 2019 and consultations we had with MPP Lindsey Park with respect to her family law review, and has been endorsed by 30 women’s equality organizations (as of October 17).
Luke’s Place Support and Resource Centre provides frontline services to women in Durham Region who are leaving abusive relationships and are involved with family law/court, and engages in research, training, education and system reform advocacy at the community, provincial and national levels.
In 2020, we established the Feminist Law and Policy Reform Coalition to advance women’s equality, eliminate all forms of gender-based violence and improve system responses to gender-based violence through engagement with all levels of government, the community, the media, the family and criminal law systems, police services, child protection services, immigration and refugee authorities and others to raise and advocate for systemic changes to laws, policies and services.
Luke’s Place made a submission to the Bill 207 Justice Committee Hearing on October 13, 2020.