Call for a review of mandatory charging policies

Mandatory charging policies, introduced over 40 years ago, take the responsibility away from survivors for deciding whether to lay criminal charges in cases of intimate partner violence (IPV). Police are directed to lay charges where they believe there is a reasonable likelihood of conviction. The hope when these policies were first introduced was that they…

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The Consequences of Using Violence

Luke’s Place Advocacy Director, Pamela Cross, is featured in the latest episode of She Is Your Neighbour. She Is Your Neighbour is a prevention project and storytelling series created by Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region to explore the realities and complexities of domestic violence by sharing stories from people of all walks of life.…

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Join the Luke’s Place Board!

About Luke’s Place: Luke’s Place Support & Resource Centre for Women & Children is an award-winning non-profit centre of excellence in family law support for women who have been subjected to intimate partner abuse. We are devoted to improving the safety and experience of women and their children as they proceed through the complex family…

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We’re hiring an Administrative Coordinator – Operations Team!

About the organization: Luke’s Place is an award-winning centre of excellence in family law support for women who have been subjected to intimate partner violence. We provide legal support services and summary legal services to hundreds of women and their children across Ontario every year and share our expertise with thousands of service providers. Luke’s…

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Community safety includes safety from gender-based violence

Community safety and well-being plans (CSWPs) came into being as the result of the Safer Ontario Act, passed by the provincial government in 2018. It requires municipalities to create these CSWP plans, but offers little in the way of detail about what the plans need to include. Recommendation #10 from the CKW inquest calls for…

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Case comment: domestic contracts

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Anderson v Anderson is about the validity of a separation agreement that was made without full financial disclosure and independent legal advice. In their decision, the Supreme Court of Canada had to balance the rights of people to settle their own domestic affairs after separation with the need to protect against unfairness and exploitation.   This…

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We’re hiring a Full-Time Legal/Family Court Support Worker

Luke’s Place is seeking a Full-Time Legal/Family Court Support Worker to deliver professional case management support services to clients, co-facilitate in-house and community workshops and information sessions, and to develop and conduct professional training activities.  This position requires delivery of in-person services at our Oshawa office and Durham Region satellite offices. Responsibilities Overview Qualifications and…

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Victim or Survivor? Language matters

The language we use when we talk about gender-based violence (GBV) carries a lot of weight. We can cause harm and leave some people feeling excluded if we are not thoughtful about our use of language. How we talk about GBV can even reinforce patriarchal structures and rape culture.  Whether to use the word “survivor”…

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Commemorating & celebrating the work to end violence against women

Join us on Friday June 28, 2024 from 3:30-6:30pm EDT for a community discussion and vigil marking the second anniversary of the CKW inquest verdict. We invite survivors, family members, those who have advocated for implementation of the recommendations, media, members of the public who want to make their communities safer for everyone to join.…

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Empower yourself while supporting women’s access to justice

We’re delighted to have the support of Womens Fitness Clubs of Canada (WFCC) at their Durham Region locations in Ajax and Pickering. Throughout the month of May, both locations will be offering two meditation workshops (Your Authentic Self and Manifesting Gratitude) hosted by Dawn Taylor and two introductory self-defense workshops. Meditation Workshops Self Defense Workshops…

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