Ontario’s Family Court Support Worker Program provides invaluable supports to increasing numbers of domestic violence survivors who are involved in the family court process. It has done so with no funding enhancement since its inception in 2011. The following are speaking notes from a presentation to Honourable Rod Phillips, Honourable Peter Bethlenfalvy, MPP Lorne Coe…

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Luke’s Place is seeking a full time, experienced (minimum 3 years), Legal Support Worker/Family Court Support Worker to provide professional delivery of its innovative programs and services to women who have been subjected to intimate partner abuse. Luke’s Place is the only stand-alone family law support centre in Canada for women who have been subjected…

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Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, is featured in two articles this week. The murder of Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji by her husband two days after she filed for divorce “is a text-book case of what we already know. This is when women are most likely to be killed,” Pamela tells The Toronto Star. This tragedy…

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Pamela Cross and Amanda Dale respond to the recent report by Justice Bonkalo, Family Legal Services Review. Although they applaud the effort, there is a “fatal flaw” in the report — a lack of understanding of the impact of violence in family court decisions. Cases involving violence within the family make up a significant percentage…

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