Luke’s Place announces new advocacy and legal directors

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We are thrilled to announce that Emily Murray who has been the Luke’s Place Legal Services Director since April 2022, is stepping into the position of Legal Director at Luke’s Place as of January 5, 2023. Previously, Emily worked as a family law lawyer and as a panel lawyer for the Office of the Children’s…

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Help women and their children stay safe this holiday season!

Thanks to YOU, Ontario women were able to access support with their family law issues and receive important information about ongoing changes to court operations and services over the last year. As a result, more women had a better understanding of their legal rights, the family court process, and their legal issues. Women were more…

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Building a culture of safety: 2021-22 Annual Impact Report

Where 2020 marked rising to the occasion in the face of a global pandemic, 2021 challenged us to adapt to the new long-term realities it left in its wake. For Luke’s Place, 2021-22 was a period of exciting growth. Through our four areas of action – service to women, knowledge mobilization, research, and advocacy —…

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Volunteer opportunity: Citizen Researcher

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Luke’s Place is currently seeking Citizen Researchers to support the Community Engaged Family Court Research (CEFCR) project, funded by The Law Foundation of Ontario, that we have been undertaking with the University of Guelph. Citizen Researchers will have the opportunity to observe family court motions and trials at the Superior Court of Justice Oshawa either…

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Making systemic change through an inquest (Part two)

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Over the three weeks of the recent femicide inquest held in Pembroke, Ontario, the five jurors read hundreds if not thousands of pages of exhibits and listened to the testimony of more than 30 witnesses who spoke to a broad range of issues related to the 2015 murders of Carol Culleton, Anastasia Kuzyk and Nathalie…

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Making systemic change through an inquest (Part one)

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On September 22, 2015, three women in Renfrew County– Carol Culleton, Anastasia Kuzyk and Nathalie Warmerdam – were murdered by Basil Borutski, a man who had been involved with each of them in the past. This triple femicide shocked the rural community and made headlines across Canada. In June of this year, an inquest was…

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Legal Director, Pamela Cross, featured on CBC Front Burner

Pamela Cross

On June 9, 2022, Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, was interviewed as a key witness into the inquest into the 2015 triple femicide in Renfrew County for an episode of CBC’s Front Burner. The episode, entitled The reality of intimate-partner violence in rural Canada also featured CBC Ottawa reporter, Guy Quinneville, speaking to his…

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Forty-four percent: A short history of intimate partner violence

Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, is participating in the Inquest into the deaths of Carol Culleton, Anastasia Kuzyk and Nathalie Warmerdam. Earlier today, she presented a report, Forty-four percent: A short history of intimate partner violence before the jury as part of a panel of intimate partner violence experts. Also participating in this panel…

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