National roadmap to ending violence against women

Roadmap for the National Action Plan on Violence Against Women and Gender-based Violence

A new article by Samantha McCabe in The Tyee on the National Action Plan on Violence Against Women and Gender-based Violence describes the history and pillars of the plan as well as interviews those involved in its development, including our Legal Director, Pamela Cross. Pamela Cross, co-chair of the roadmap’s committee for justice and legal…

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Important court proceedings update

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The below notice was issued by Chief Justice Morawetz of the Superior Court of Justice April 20th, effective immediately. Please note that Courts will be deferring as many matters as possible, including virtual hearings. We have been told that implementation will be local, so if you or your clients have questions about what proceedings will…

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Court notice finder: Up-to-date information about family court

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A new website, Court Notice Finder, put together by a number of Ontario family law legal professionals, organizes the: “voluminous – and often changing – information found in the various Court Notices issued on behalf of Family Law courthouses across Ontario since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.” This is a very useful tool for…

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What will it take to end gender-based violence in Canada?

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Answer: A National Action Plan on Violence Against Women and Gender Based Violence would certainly help. Women’s Shelters Canada was asked and funded by the department of Women and Gender Equality (WAGE) to develop a strategic engagement with anti-violence leaders across Canada to inform the development of a National Action Plan (NAP) on Violence Against…

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Where can women’s advocates get support during the pandemic? The Pandemic Community of Practice

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Virtual meetings for support, training and information sharing and an online resource hub to get VAW advocates through the pandemic Peer support and resources The past year has presented those of us providing frontline services to women fleeing abuse with unprecedented challenges. Meeting the needs of women and their children remotely, managing pandemic protocols at…

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CTV: Calls for a unified family court system​ and further changes to Canada’s Divorce Act

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CTV News recently spotlighted the changes in Canada’s Divorce Act, interviewing the Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross. Among other revisions, the new Act includes a definition of family violence as it relates to the best interests of the child. From the article: “We’re very unhappy with the way the language around decision-making responsibility is…

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This International Women’s Day ensure that women’s expert voices are centred in COVID-19 recovery plans

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Op-Ed in The Toronto Star by Farrah Khan and Pamela Cross This International Women’s Day we can expect to hear the usual platitudes from government, business and institutions about women’s empowerment and how far we have come. What we deserve to hear are concrete commitments to address the gender-based impacts of the pandemic. We cannot go…

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