A step toward retirement

Pamela Cross - Guthrie Award speech by Carol Barkwell

Earlier this month Pamela Cross took an important step toward retirement as she transitioned out of the Luke’s Place Advocacy Director position. We are delighted that Pam will continue working with us on special projects. A journey together Pamela Cross is a tireless advocate for advancing women’s equality in law and society. She is a…

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Donor spotlight: 100 Women Who Care Durham Region

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Luke’s Place Fund Development Manager, Laura Oliver, had the honour of attending the first meeting of 2024 for 100 Women Who Care Durham Region. An incredible group of 91 women from across Durham Region gathered at the Abilities Centre in Whitby, ON. to hear from three impactful charities in our community. We are delighted to…

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Part two: Relocating with children during divorce or separation

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Our Staff Lawyer, Min Jin, and Program Manager, Phebe Quaye, facilitated the second of a two-part webinar series via CLEO Connect on February 15, 2024. This webinar series provided community workers with practical information and resources for supporting client who are seeking to relocate with children or who have received notice of relocation following amendments to the Divorce…

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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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Part one: Relocating with children during divorce or separation

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Our Staff Lawyer, Min Jin, and Program Manager, Phebe Quaye, facilitated the first of a two-part webinar series via CLEO Connect on February 8, 2024. This webinar series provided community workers with practical information and resources for supporting client who are seeking to relocate with children or who have received notice of relocation following amendments…

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Are we just putting another tool in the hands of abusers?

As we have previously explored in our blog, coercive control is a term that describes a pattern of behaviours, including psychological abuse — which itself can encompass such things as intimidation, demeaning and insulting treatment, verbal abuse, threats, gaslighting, surveilling and stalking — as well as social isolation and financial abuse. Physical violence may or…

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“Responding to gender-based violence” panel

Luke’s Place Advocacy Director, Pamela Cross, participated in a panel discussion on gender-based violence at the 2024 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) conference held on January 21-23, 2024. The panel discussion, “Responding to Gender-Based Violence”, chaired by Mississippi Mills Mayor, Christa Lowry, was the first time this topic has been discussed at such a large…

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Policy brief on the criminalization of coercive control for the Canadian Women’s Foundation

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LEAF and Luke’s Place assisted in the preparation of a  policy brief  for Canadian Women’s Foundation on the criminalization of coercive control.  The policy brief discusses the unintended consequences that may flow from criminalization, particularly for women from marginalized communities. Luke’s Place provided input on the impact of criminalization on women in the family law system.

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