Category: Research

The importance of family violence screening tools for family law practitioners

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Since 2003, Ontario’s Domestic Violence Death Review Committee consistently finds that a history of domestic violence and pending or recent separation are the first and second highest risk factors for lethality in domestic homicides. Yet there is no universal family

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Family violence screening tools for family law practitioners

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We are excited to announce that Luke’s Place has recently completed a research project with funding from the federal Department of Justice that looks at family violence screening tools for family law practitioners. Many women are uncomfortable disclosing abuse in

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What do Domestic Violence Death Review Committees do?

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Domestic Violence Death Review Committees (DVDRCs) exist in a number of locations around the world, including Ontario. They are multi-disciplinary committees of experts who review domestic violence related deaths and provide recommendations for change and advice, largely to government and

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When Shared Parenting and the Safety of Women and Children Collide

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Shared parenting and joint custody are common outcomes in family law cases, even when there is a history of woman abuse. Such custody and access arrangements mean that an abusive partner can continue his manipulation of and violence against the

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Virtual legal clinic: Video conferencing for justice

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Luke’s Place is establishing a virtual legal clinic for women who have left abusive relationships and are involved with family court. Using web-based video conferencing, the clinic will connect women in rural and remote areas to family law lawyers elsewhere.

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Violence Against Women: Health and Justice for Canadian Muslim Women

Luke’s Place Legal Director Pamela Cross has recently completed a project with the Canadian Council of Muslim Women. Pamela conducted research and wrote a paper that examined four aspects of violence against women in Canadian Muslim communities: female genital cutting,

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Law Commission of Ontario releases final family law report

The Law Commission of Ontario has just released its report “Increasing Access to Family Justice Through Comprehensive Entry Points and Inclusivity.” The report provides very useful, detailed information about the nature of Ontario families in 2013, examining particular barriers faced

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New report on violence against women

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The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has just released its report “The Gap in the Gender Gap: Violence Against Women in Canada.” The report looks at the status of women in Canada, the economic implications of violence against women –

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Post Separation Power and Control Wheel

The Power and Control Wheel of domestic violence is a very well-known and used tool  developed in Duluth, Minnesota, by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (DAIP). It reflects the experiences of women who have been battered by their male partners.

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