Toronto Star article: ‘We haven’t come very far’ – YWCA Toronto and women’s shelters call on government to address root causes of Polytechnique massacre anniversary

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Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, was interviewed for a Toronto Star article on the anniversary of the Polytechnique massacre. The article reflects on the massacre and highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and their safety. “There were a whole lot of factors that combined when the pandemic first hit that put…

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TVO article: ‘Vagueness is a gift to an abuser’: What the Tories got right — and wrong — on Bill 207

Journalist Jane Gerster interviewed Luke’s Place and other women’s advocates/services about Bill 207 and its impact on women, as well as the importance of programs like the Family Court Support Worker Program in supporting women through the complex family law system. Advocates such as Pamela Cross, legal director at Luke’s Place, an Oshawa-based family-law support…

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CTV’s W5 article: ‘Why does he keep abusing?’ Changing the question about intimate partner violence

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As part of CTV’s W5 episode Unrestrained, host Avery Haines interviewed Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross. Unrestrained aired at 7:00pm EST on November 14, 2020. Pamela spoke about the complex family law system and described how restraining orders don’t do enough to protect women in abusive relationships. Lawyer and advocate Pamela Cross says,“a woman…

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Brief on Bill 207: An Act to amend the Children’s Law Reform Act, the Courts of Justice Act, the Family Law Act and other Acts respecting various family law matters

Updated endorsements – Brief by Luke’s Place Support and Resource Centre, Durham Region, OntarioPresented by Pamela Cross, October 5, 2020 This brief responds to Bill 207: An Act to amend the Children’s Law Reform Act, the Courts of Justice Act, the Family Law Act and other Acts respecting various family law matters. It expands on…

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Ontario’s Fall 2020 Budget Consultation Submission: Family Court Support Worker Program

Ontario’s Family Court Support Worker Program provides invaluable supports to increasing numbers of domestic violence survivors who are involved in the family court process. It has done so with no funding enhancement since its inception in 2011. The following are speaking notes from a presentation to Honourable Rod Phillips, Honourable Peter Bethlenfalvy, MPP Lorne Coe…

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Pamela Cross celebrated with Queen’s University award

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Our Legal Director, Pamela Cross, has been recognized with a Queen’s Law alumni award. Pam receives the J.A. (Alec) Corry Distinguished Alumni Award for excelling in a career outside the traditional practice of law. Described as “a warrior for victims of domestic violence”, Pam was chosen by the Dean’s Council Awards Committee. The award was…

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COVID 19: Luke’s Place services available by phone

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Updated Apr. 8/20 – Luke’s Place Support & Resource Centre is committed to providing services to women who have been subjected to intimate partner violence while mitigating the risks associated with COVID-19. Women in Durham Region (Ajax, Brock, Clarington, Oshawa, Pickering, Scugog, Uxbridge and Whitby) Contact us at 905-728-0978 x 221 Monday to Friday 9…

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