Work with us! Wanted: Legal Support Worker/Family Court Support Worker

Parental Leave Contract Luke’s Place is seeking a full time, experienced (minimum 3 years), Legal Support Worker/Family Court Support Worker to provide professional delivery of its innovative programs and services to women who have been subjected to intimate partner abuse. Luke’s Place is the only stand-alone family law support centre in Canada for women who…

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Volunteer with us! Wanted: Citizen researchers

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Luke’s Place is seeking Citizen Researchers to support community engaged, family court research we are undertaking with the University of Guelph. Citizen Researchers will virtually observe family court motions and trials through the Oshawa court and collect important data to be coded, analyzed and disseminated by the research team. Research is aimed at understanding the complexities of intersecting legal systems and woman abuse.   Duties/responsibilities:  Complete an application…

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915 reasons to donate to Luke’s Place!

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With your help, we could win $20,000!  From June 1 – 30, every dollar you donate through CanadaHelps gives us a chance to win $20,000. We can give you 915 reasons why you should donate.  That is the number of women we served from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021. Help us continue to…

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A warrior for victims of domestic violence

Pamela Cross

Last April, Pamela Cross, our Legal Director, was awarded the J.A. (Alec) Corry Distinguished Alumni Award (for excelling in a career outside the traditional practice of law) from Queen’s Law. A virtual ceremony on May 20, 2021, celebrated this year’s Queen’s alumni award recipients with last year’s. Here’s Pam’s speech from the event: I am deeply…

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Join the Luke’s Place Board of Directors

Luke’s Place Support & Resource Centre for Women & Children is an award-winning non-profit centre of excellence devoted to improving the safety and experience of women and their children as they proceed through the complex family court system after fleeing an abusive relationship. We are the only stand-alone family law support centre in Canada for…

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Luke’s Place Receives 2020-21 Victim Services Award of Distinction

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Luke’s Place has been recognized with the 2020-21 Victim Services Award of Distinction by the Ministry of the Attorney General for the expansion of its innovative Virtual Legal Clinic in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the third time that Luke’s Place has been honoured with this award; we were also acknowledged in 2008 and 2014.   The Attorney General’s Victim Services Awards of Distinction recognizes the dedication…

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Supporting women to access family law supports during COVID-19

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Luke’s Place offers a variety of supports to women and their advocates in Ontario during the pandemic For women If you are in Durham Region (Ajax, Brock, Clarington, Oshawa, Pickering, Scugog, Uxbridge and Whitby) Contact us at 905-728-0978 x 221 Monday to Friday 9 am to noon and 1 to 4:30 pm for: Individual consultations…

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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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