Family violence training for family law advisers: What you don’t know can hurt you and your client

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The Department of Justice (DoJ) Canada has launched an online course for family law practitioners on family violence.

In 2018, the DoJ hired Luke’s Place to undertake research into family violence screening for family law practitioners. Family law lawyers are often the first point of contact for those entering the family justice system. They need to be aware of any abuse history as early as possible so that decisions made reflect the best interests of the children, the legal rights of the parties and the safety of abuse survivors. Clients’ abusive ex-partners have also been known to harass and attack lawyers as well.

Our research was conducted by Legal Director, Pamela Cross, University of Guelph Professor, Dr. Mavis Morton, Postdoctoral Fellow, Sara Crann and JD/MBA Candidate, Kate Mazzuocco. Read a summary of this research or download the full report from the DoJ website.

The multi-module DoJ course is open to the public. No registration is required.