Extending access to justice in Durham: Thanks to local foundations!
Thank you to the Durham Community Foundation and the William F. Hayball Foundation for contributing to Luke’s Place. Because of this support, more women and children leaving abuse will receive free legal support.
Through DCF, the Ajax Community Fund contribution will help us expand our Oshawa Pro Bono Legal Clinic to Ajax. Many women who have left, or who are about to leave, an abusive relationship travel from Ajax to our Oshawa clinic to speak with our volunteer lawyers. Now, in our Ajax location, a local volunteer family law lawyer will be available 1- 2 days a month to provide summary legal advice.
The Hayball donation will support our Family Law Resource Room for Women at our Oshawa location on Simcoe Street South. This is a safe space where women can access legal resources and office equipment as they prepare their family court cases. An on-site Legal Support Worker is also available to provide guidance and answer women’s questions.
Family court is not an easy or safe place when dealing with post-separation abuse, legal bullying and trauma recovery. Luke’s Place has spent 15 years developing a proven family law service delivery model and we are dedicated to providing information and advice, safety planning and emotional support to every family in who needs it across Durham Region.