Through the looking glass

The experiences of unrepresented abused women in family court: Final report and recommendations

by Luke’s Place Support and Resource Centre for The Denise House, funded by Ontario Victim Services Secretariat, Ministry of the Attorney General, March 2008

About this report:

It takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place.

For women without legal representation their experience in family court is not unlike Alice’s experiences through the looking glass. They, like Alice, feel that they are running and running, only to stay in the same place if not move backwards.

As Alice said when she first looked through the mirror: “First, there‚Äôs the room you can see through the glass – that’s just the same as our drawing room, only the things go the other way. I can see all of it when I get up on a chair – all but the bit behind the fireplace. Oh! I do so wish I could see that bit!”

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