It’s not too late to make a big difference in the lives of women and children this year

Thanks to YOU, Ontario women were able to access the support they needed for their family law issues and receive important information about ongoing changes to court operations over the last year. This means that more women had a better understanding of their legal rights, the family court process, and their legal issues. Women were more empowered to speak in…

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Keira’s law – an important advancement in law when it comes to judicial education on issues of intimate partner violence

Keira’s law is an important advancement in the law when it comes to judicial education on issues of intimate partner violence. Federally, the Judges Act requires that the Canadian Judicial Council consider providing continuing education on intimate partner violence and coercive control in intimate partner and family relationships. In Ontario, the Courts of Justice Act…

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Accredited training for lawyers

Family law cases involving violence against women are complicated, time-consuming, stressful, challenging, and can be dangerous for both the client and her lawyer. To support lawyers’ work in this area, Luke’s Place offers online training, “Effective Lawyering with Clients Leaving Abusive Relationships”. Designed for family law lawyers in Ontario, this 3-hour course is CPD accredited…

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Thank you for standing with us on #GivingTuesday

On Tuesday, November 28th, 2023 we recognize the 11th annual #GivingTuesday, a global generosity movement created in 2012. We hope that you will support our work to increase women’s access to justice by providing timely and critical family law support services to Ontario women who’ve left abusive relationships, training, and resources to support their advocates…

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The Walrus talks gender-based violence

On November 16th, Luke’s Place Advocacy Director was a guest speaker at the Walrus Talks Gender-Based Violence live and streamed event at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto, Ontario. The event, presented by the Canadian Women’s Foundation featured seven speakers discussing how we can change a culture that doesn’t have a good track record of…

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New toolkit for a survivor’s friends and family members

If you are a family member or a friend of a woman with children who is leaving an abusive relationship, Luke’s Place’s newest toolkit, “Supporting After Separation: A Toolkit of Legal Information and Resources for a Survivor’s Friends and Family Members” is for you. Guiding principles in supporting a loved one who is subjected to…

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THANKS to YOU!

Thanks to YOU, Ontario women were able to access support with their family law issues and receive important information about ongoing changes to court operations and services over the last year. As a result, more women had a better understanding of their legal rights, the family court process, and their legal issues. Women were more empowered to speak in court and to…

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Reflections on the first year of the national action plan to end gender-based violence

The National Action Plan (NAP) to End Gender-based Violence (GBV) was launched on November 9, 2022 by Women and Gender Equality Canada. On the one-year anniversary, the following represents what gender justice organizations know to date, concerns that remain, and recommendations to move forward collectively with government. What we know: The bilateral NAP agreements have…

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