Tag: criminal court

The problem When a woman leaves an abusive relationship, family court outcomes can play a key role in improving the safety and quality of her life and that of her children. However, the family law system can also increase risk …

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If you are a woman’s advocate who focuses on family law issues, it’s helpful to connect clients to your local Victim Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) if an abusive partner is facing criminal charges. Keep in mind that: VWAP workers are …

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UPDATED September 2015 ANSWER: A woman who has experienced abuse in her relationship could find herself involved in criminal court in one of two ways. She might be the complainant/witness because her partner has been charged or she might have …

Is there any kind of legal aid assistance for women who are involved in criminal court as a result of their partner’s abuse? Read More »

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Pamela Cross, Luke’s Place Legal Director, spoke to CBC’s The Current about the defence’s line of questioning in sexual assault cases. Listen to this broadcast, which aired January 23, 2015, in which Pamela challenges a defence lawyer on questioning sexual …

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Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, joined other experts, including survivor Julie Craven, in explaining the dangers and challenges for women when criminal and family courts do not share information in a recent Toronto Star article, “Failure of criminal, family …

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Many women who are dealing with family court are also involved with criminal court proceedings, as either a victim/witness or as an accused. There are a number of differences in the purpose, function and outcomes of the two courts as …

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