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The COVID-19 pandemic and the measures put in place to protect the public have left women in abusive relationships in a tough spot, say representatives from a Durham organization that provides family court support to abused women. Journalist Reka Szekely interviewed Luke’s Place on the impact of COVID-19 on women living with violence. The article…

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Your donation helps us to support women with urgent family law issues during the COVID-19 crisis. Some women are trying to escape abusive relationships at this time of social isolation. Others are dealing with abusive ex-partners who refuse to return children from access visits or who will not pay support just as a woman is…

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Toronto Star reporter, Jim Rankin, interviewed Luke’s Place and other women’s services on the impact of social distancing and self-isolation during the COVID-19 crisis. Nearing the end of March Break, a woman gets a call from her ex. He says he’s going to keep the kids past his regularly scheduled access, adding: “and I don’t…

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Guthrie Award - Law Foundation of Ontario

On Thursday October 17, Pamela Cross, our Legal Director, was honoured with the Guthrie Award by the Law Foundation of Ontario. Her acceptance speech follows. Her speech was also vidoe-taped. Watch it on YouTube. I am deeply honoured to be receiving this award tonight. Thank you to the Law Foundation of Ontario, to my colleagues…

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Pamela Cross

Today The Law Foundation of Ontario announced that Pamela Cross, the Luke’s Place Legal Director, is their 2019 Guthrie Award recipient! Congratulations, Pam! The Guthrie Award celebrates “exceptional access to justice champions”. Pamela is recognized for her “tremendous contributions to Canadian women’s legal rights”. From the Foundation’s news release: “Pamela’s work is changing the way…

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Our Virtual Legal Clinic connects women in rural and remote communities to lawyers for free family law advice. Survivors of abuse learn how to complete court forms, what to expect during the family court process and strategies that would be effective for their individual cases. The Law Foundation of Ontario profiles the Clinic on their…

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Droit de la famille et violence conjugale en ontario - guide de reference

Thanks to Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes the Luke’s Place Family Court and Beyond Survival Workbook and Organizer are now available in French! Family Court and Beyond is a collection of family law information and strategies for women who are involved in family court and are or have been subjected to abuse…

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In the final dash to get legislation passed before Parliament recessed for the summer, only to head straight into an election campaign in the fall, some important bills managed to make it to Royal Assent. Any bills that did not pass Third Reading in the Senate and obtain Royal Assent by last Friday are now…

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