Case comment: Coercive control & family violence

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Case summary prepared by Luke’s Place Advocacy Director, Pamela Cross In this case (F.S. v. M.B.T. 2023 ONCJ 102), Justice Sherr carefully analyzes the context of family violence, including coercive control, when making a decision related to parenting arrangements for a 12-year-old child. The case also involves a claim for spousal support by the mother,…

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Parental alienation, family violence and family law: Part one

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The terms parental alienation syndrome (PAS) and its more recent iteration, parental alienation (PA), have been creating challenges in family law cases involving parenting claims since at least the 1990s. Initially proposed by American psychologist Richard Gardner, PAS was his response to what he claimed were false allegations of child sexual abuse brought by mothers…

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Seeing, Naming and Changing Intimate Partner Violence in Rural Communities

March 8th is International Women’s Day, a day to both celebrate the progress made towards achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment and to call for action towards greater gender equality. This International Women’s Day, we are focusing on supporting women in rural and remote communities. Between 20-30% of Canada’s population lives in rural areas, yet…

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Legal information sessions

We offer opportunities for Ontario women to learn about family law. These sessions are currently provided by video conference. Our workshops are free and confidential. Early information session Our early information session is a two-hour session. This session is for women who are in the early stages of their family law process dealing with violence…

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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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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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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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