Two articles about domestic violence

pensive woman looking out window

Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, is featured in two articles this week.

The murder of Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji by her husband two days after she filed for divorce “is a text-book case of what we already know. This is when women are most likely to be killed,” Pamela tells The Toronto Star.

This tragedy ‘is yet another illustration that as a society we have failed to address this problem in a way that protects the victims, most of whom are women and children.’

In an interview with Global News, Pamela explains that each woman’s situation is unique when thinking about safety:

Sometimes it’s safer to stay, even for a while, as you gather your resources, put some counselling in place for you and the children, find somewhere to live, and start to think about what those next steps might be…. For others, it’s important to get out right away because the situation is so dangerous.

The second article in a series on abuse by also explores legal issues for women. Pamela explains that when a woman’s fleeing abuse

…you don’t have to give up your share of the value of the family home. You don’t have to give up a decent level of child support or spousal support if you’ve been a stay-at-home mom to get custody of your children.

To get legal support and safety planning, connect with a Family Court Support Worker. These are trained service providers connected with family courts throughout Ontario. Learn more about how they can help.