Share with us what you’ve experienced within the Ontario family law system

  • Have you been abused, or are you experiencing abuse by your partner or ex-partner?  
  • Have you used, attempted to use, or are you currently using the Ontario family law system to address a family law issue? 

If you’re a woman or 2SLGBTQIA+ person who has experienced intimate partner violence, and is or was involved with family court, lawyers, family court support workers and/or other legal professionals, we want to hear from you! 

We invite you to contribute to new research to better understand what women and 2SLGBTQIA+ people face and need with respect to their family law issues (i.e., separation, parenting, financial support, etc.) and the Ontario family law system. 

How to part take in the research: 

  • Complete a secure, confidential and anonymous online survey (30 minutes) at your own pace. It is designed to be paused and resumed at your convenience. Click the link below to read the consent form and then begin the survey: https://uoguelph.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_40FxdePS27kkRds
  • Participate in a one-on-one interview online or in-person where you can share your thoughts in a private, safe, and supportive environment (approximately 1 hour).
  • To participate, either: 
    • Express your interest in the survey by selecting that option during completion, or 
    • Contact Dr. Mavis Morton at mortonm@uoguelph.ca or Luke’s Place at helenat@lukesplace.ca or 905-728-0978 ext. 232 
  • Participation is available starting from March 13th, 2024 
  • Participants will receive a $20 gift card for completing the survey and a $25 gift card for participating in the interview. 

Who is doing the research?

Luke’s Place, is a not for profit Ontario family law organization that provides services to survivors of intimate partner abuse who have family law needs. They also train other people in Canada who also do this work. Luke’s Place is working with Dr. Mavis Morton, a professor with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Guelph. The research is funded by the Department of justice Canada.  

This project has been reviewed and approved by the University of Guelph Research Ethics Board to make sure it follows the rules for conducting research involving people (REB#23-09-004). 

How information will be used 

What we learn from this study will help Luke’s Place to improve how we serve women and  2SLGBTQIA+ people and their children and will inform the future training Luke’s Place designs and provides to other agencies and legal professionals. 

Contact 

If you are interested in participating or know of a woman who is, please contact Dr. Mavis Morton at mortonm@uoguelph.ca or Luke’s Place at helenat@lukesplace.ca or 905-728-0978 ext. 232 for more information.