Tips for working with a lawyer

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Communication and preparation are probably the two most important elements of making your relationship with your lawyer work well. Below are some key tips for working with a lawyer. Come prepared Come to meetings with your lawyer with an agenda or a list of questions. Make notes about the abuse in your relationship to give…

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November is Woman Abuse Awareness month

On November 25th we acknowledge the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and the first day of 16 Days of Action to Eliminate Violence Against Women around the world. At Luke’s Place, with your support, we work tirelessly to eliminate violence against women by increasing their access to justice. Below, we explore…

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Recent case: Cost award based on conduct

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D.C.A. v. A.E.C., 2022 ONSC 1002: This recent case demonstrates an effective use of Rule 1(8) of the Family Law Rules, where one party is ordered to pay costs for sending harassing emails to the other even though there was an order limiting communications between them. D.C.A., the applicant father and A.E.C., the respondent mother are…

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After She Leaves: Legal bullying

The content in this post is adapated from our recently updated After She Leaves Resource Manual. Click here to learn more about the manual. What is legal bullying? When an abuser uses the family law and court processes as a strategy to try to maintain power and control over their ex-partner, it is called legal bullying. The abuser…

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Safety for women & children

The content in this post is adapated from our recently updated After She Leaves Resource Manual. Click here to learn more about the manual. Assessing risk A woman will face one set of risks if she stays with a partner who is abusing her and a different set if she leaves. Leaving does not guarantee…

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Luke’s Place Legal Director interviewed for The Sam Laprade Show

Pamela Cross

Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, was interviewed on June 16, 2022 for The Sam Laprade Show, a radio show under CityNews Ottawa. The interview focused on ongoing inquest into the 2015 triple femicide in Renfrew County. As Pamela mentioned, “the inquest may be difficult to observe for many people, but the goal isn’t to…

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Legal Director, Pamela Cross, featured on CBC Front Burner

Pamela Cross

On June 9, 2022, Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, was interviewed as a key witness into the inquest into the 2015 triple femicide in Renfrew County for an episode of CBC’s Front Burner. The episode, entitled The reality of intimate-partner violence in rural Canada also featured CBC Ottawa reporter, Guy Quinneville, speaking to his…

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WE REMEMBER: A report from the community for the inquest into the murders of Carol Culleton, Anastasia Kuzyk and Nathalie Warmerdam

Pamela Cross is participating in the Inquest into the deaths of Carol Culleton, Anastasia Kuzyk and Nathalie Warmerdam. As part of this work, Pamela prepared a report, WE REMEMBER: A report from the community for the inquest into the murders of Carol Culleton, Anastasia Kuzyk and Nathalie Warmerdam, with funding from the Canadian Women’s Foundation.…

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