It’s time for Ontario to declare intimate partner violence an epidemic

The first of 86 recommendations from the 2022 inquest into the murders of Carol Culleton, Anastasia Kuzyk, and Nathalie Warmerdam was for Ontario to formally declare intimate partner violence (IPV) an epidemic. Since the recommendations were released, 94 of 444 Ontario municipalities have taken up this recommendation and declared IPV an epidemic. It is now…

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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 two

In her 2023 report entitled, “Custody, violence against women and violence against children”, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women and Girls, Reem Aslalem, describes parental alienation as a “discredited and unscientific pseudo-concept” that serves as a tool for abusers  “to continue their abuse and coercion and to undermine and discredit allegations of domestic violence…

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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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Criminalizing coercive control: Part two via Law360 Canada

Over the past 40 years, we have seen the many ways in which the criminal law has failed survivors of IPV. Criminal law interventions and initiatives – new laws, changes to laws, new court processes, education for those who implement and interpret the law, different approaches to bail and to punishments for those found guilty…

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Criminalizing coercive control: Part one via Law360 Canada

We’ve heard a lot about coercive control in the past few years. Its first big appearance in the legal world came with the 2021 revisions to the Divorce Act which included, among other changes, a definition of family violence that included the phrase “a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour.” Coercive control is a term…

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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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Neighbours, Friends and Families Launches “Rural Roots” Initiative to Empower Rural Communities in Addressing Intimate Partner Violence

March 7, 2024 – Oshawa, ON Neighbours, Friends and Families (NFF) proudly unveils the Rural Roots initiative, a collaborative effort in partnership Lanark County Interval House and Luke’s Place. Born from a commitment to address intimate partner violence (IPV) in rural areas, Rural Roots will equip individuals with the knowledge and tools to support survivors…

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