In the Centre of the Storm: Durham speaks out

A community response to custody and access issues affecting woman abuse survivors and their children

In September 1997, in Durham Region, a Community Coalition formed and began a community dialogue regarding custody and access issues in situations where woman abuse was involved. Out of these discussions it became apparent that any recommendations for change must be grounded in the voice of the experts - those who survived woman abuse and proceeded through the custody and access process.

One of the results of this project was the recommendation for establishing a central information and resource centre which was later unanimously endorsed by all of the conference participants. It was also proposed that the resource centre be called "Luke’s Place".