Seeing, Naming and Changing Intimate Partner Violence in Rural Communities

March 8th is International Women’s Day, a day to both celebrate the progress made towards achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment and to call for action towards greater gender equality. This International Women’s Day, we are focusing on supporting women in rural and remote communities. Between 20-30% of Canada’s population lives in rural areas, yet…

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Neighbours, Friends and Families Launches “Rural Roots” Initiative to Empower Rural Communities in Addressing Intimate Partner Violence

March 7, 2024 – Oshawa, ON Neighbours, Friends and Families (NFF) proudly unveils the Rural Roots initiative, a collaborative effort in partnership Lanark County Interval House and Luke’s Place. Born from a commitment to address intimate partner violence (IPV) in rural areas, Rural Roots will equip individuals with the knowledge and tools to support survivors…

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How to prepare to leave home safely

Family Court and Beyond workbook and worksheets

If you are preparing to leave your partner, it is a good idea to make a plan of what can be done before you leave and what you are going to take with you when you go. If it is safe to do so, you should take anything you need or think you may need…

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What does the law say about changing the locks?

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What does the law say?  If you are married to your partner, the home you share is called the matrimonial home. According to the law in Ontario, you each have equal rights to occupy the home, regardless of whose name is on the deed or the lease. An exception would be a court order or…

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What is a parenting coordinator?

Mom with school aged boy

A parenting coordinator is a licensed mental health, legal, or certified family mediation professional with a degree in mental health. A parenting coordinator can help parents resolve minor parenting disputes only after a final order or agreement for parenting is in place.   A parenting coordinator can help resolve day-to-day conflicts such as:  Can the court…

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Legal information sessions

We offer opportunities for Ontario women to learn about family law. These sessions are currently provided by video conference. Our workshops are free and confidential. Early information session Our early information session is a two-hour session. This session is for women who are in the early stages of their family law process dealing with violence…

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How to assist a woman with a parenting plan

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A parenting plan is a written document describing how your children will be raised and how parenting and decision-making will work after you and your partner separate.    A clear and detailed parenting plan will minimize your former partner’s ability to find loopholes to exploit to exercise power and control over you and the children.…

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Luke’s Place Legal Clinic

Luke’s Place connects women across Ontario to family law lawyers for free summary legal advice through our Legal Clinic. Our lawyers are experienced and trained on the issues women deal with when they leave an abusive partner. Women from Ontario can access our legal clinic via video conferencing or over the phone. Women in Durham…

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The Walrus talks gender-based violence

On November 16th, Luke’s Place Advocacy Director was a guest speaker at the Walrus Talks Gender-Based Violence live and streamed event at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto, Ontario. The event, presented by the Canadian Women’s Foundation featured seven speakers discussing how we can change a culture that doesn’t have a good track record of…

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Luke’s Place Legal Clinic

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Luke’s Place connects women across Ontario to family law lawyers for free summary legal advice through our Legal Clinic. The lawyers who volunteer with our Legal Clinic are experienced and trained on the issues women deal with when they leave an abusive partner. Women from across Ontario can access our Legal Clinic via video conferencing…

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