Pamela Cross is a feminist lawyer; a well-known and respected expert on violence against women and the law for her work as a researcher, writer, educator and trainer. She is the Legal Director of Luke’s Place Support and Resource Centre in Durham Region, where she leads the organization’s provincial projects, including research, training and advocacy.
She is also a member of the teaching faculty with the National Judicial Institute, where she plans and delivers educational programs on violence against women to Canadian judges and has recently completed the development of violence against women curriculum for law schools in a project with the Law Commission of Ontario.
Pamela has worked with the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, most notably as the co-author of “Muslim and Canadian Family Laws: A Comparative Primer” and as the author of “Violence Against Women: Health and Justice for Canadian Women,” as well as delivering workshops on family law to CCMW members.
Pamela’s most recent paper is “It Shouldn’t Be This Hard: a gender-based analysis of family law, family court and violence against women.”
In her role as Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela is the lead trainer for Ontario’s Family Court Support Workers, providing both in-person and online training and support for approximately 100 frontline workers who assist abused women in family court. She is currently developing and delivering domestic violence awareness training for all Legal Aid Ontario staff. She was Co-Chair of the Violence Against Women Roundtable, which provided guidance to the provincial government on this issue.
Pamela is a 2015 recipient of the Attorney General’s Victim Services Award of Distinction for her work on the issue of violence against women.
She is a frequent speaker at provincial, national and international conferences and can be contacted via email.
Pamela is not able to provide assistance or legal advice in individual cases. For information about the mandate and services of Luke’s Place and about family court support services available across Ontario to victims of domestic violence, please click here ‘For Women’
Learn more about Pamela on her website, pamelacross.ca.
- “Brief to the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Family Law Committee on Custody, Access and Child Support,” National Association of Women and the Law, 2001.
- “In Whose Best Interests?” National Association of Women and the Law, Jurisfemme Volume 2o, Number 4, Spring/Summer 2001.
- “Family Law: A Canadian Perspective,” Children and Domestic Violence: Still Walking on Eggshells, Domestic Violence Action and Resources Magazine, Issue 12, December 2001.
- “Children’s Safety: Contradiction in the System,” Children and Domestic Violence: Still Walking on Eggshells, Domestic Violence Action and Resources Magazine, Issue 12, December 2001.
- “Bill C-22: What Now?” NAWL, Jurisfemme Volume 23, Number 1, Winter 2004.
- “Should different kinds of people living in the same province be governed by different kinds of laws?” Women Living Under Muslim Laws Dossier 27, December 2005.
- Muslim and Canadian Family Laws: A Comparative Primer, Canadian Council of Muslim Women, 2006.
- “Through the Looking Glass: the Experiences of Unrepresented Abused Women in Family Court Final Report and Recommendations,” Luke’s Place, March 2008.
- “Not in the Best Interests of Women and Children: An Analysis of Bill c-422,” NAWL, August 2009.
- Fresh Start, YWCA Canada, 2009.
- Life Beyond Shelter: Toward Coordinated Public Policies For Women’s Safety and Violence Prevention, YWCA Canada, October 2009.
- “Justice Done: Crafting Opportunity from Adversity,” Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, 2011.
- “It Shouldn’t be this Hard: A gender-based analysis of family law, family court and violence against women,” Luke’s Place, 2013.