Abused women without legal representation in the family courts

 A needs gap assessment report: Research report

by Molly Dragiewicz, Ph.D. and Walter DeKeseredy, Ph.D. for Luke’s Place Support and Resource Centre, March 2008

About this report:

This report documents and analyzes the experiences of abused women who are negotiating the family court system in eight regions of Ontario. It also includes information from advocates in each of these regions. The study was undertaken in order to identify gaps in existing services to victims and enhance accessibility and service quality for abused women in the family court system.

The findings are based on survey research with 132 survivors and 98 community advocates. Based on these findings, we identify and discuss primary areas where the needs of abused mothers are currently unmet in Ontario, with harmful consequences to mothers and children.

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