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Journalist Sarah Boesveld interviewed Luke’s Place on the impact of COVID-19 on women living with violence. The article appears on

In late March, a few weeks after COVID-19 shuttered all schools and non-essential businesses, Pamela Cross and her team heard from a woman in dire need of help. Cross is the legal director of Luke’s Place, an Ontario not-for-profit organization that helps abused women dealing with custody and access issues. The woman’s ex-partner was trying to use the pandemic as an excuse to violate a court-mandated custody order.

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“Her case was deemed urgent,” Cross says, and a virtual family court hearing to resolve the situation was set up for this week. Luke’s Place helped her set up a plan for the interim, as she feared that going directly to his home would have put her in danger.

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