What is intimate partner violence?

The term intimate partner violence (IPV) describes the abuse of power by one partner in a dating, common-law, married, or otherwise intimate relationship. This abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, financial, social, cultural, or a combination of some or all of these. This form of violence falls under the umbrella term/category of gender-based violence, which…

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Because of you: Two years of calling for action

On the Friday of a long weekend, more than 70 individuals gathered in Barry’s Bay, ON. Together, they recognized the second anniversary of the Culleton, Kuzyk and Warmerdam (CKW) inquest. About the gathering We joined Lanark County Interval House and EVA Renfrew County in hosting a community gathering on Friday June 28, 2024. This gathering…

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Mandatory Reporting is Not a Prevention Strategy

A senate public Bill, Bill S-249, has passed its first two readings and is now with the Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology for consideration. This Bill calls for the creation of a national strategy to address intimate partner violence (IPV). Included in this Bill is a provision that proposes that this national…

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Tips for building a new and safe co-parenting relationship

Abuse does not always end because a relationship does. If you have children with your ex-partner, you will need to build a new co-parenting relationship. It is important that this new relationship takes into account your safety. This can be challenging for many reasons. Here are tips for building a new, and safe, co-parenting relationship…

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Victim or Survivor? Language matters

The language we use when we talk about gender-based violence (GBV) carries a lot of weight. We can cause harm and leave some people feeling excluded if we are not thoughtful about our use of language. How we talk about GBV can even reinforce patriarchal structures and rape culture.  Whether to use the word “survivor”…

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Commemorating & celebrating the work to end violence against women

Join us on Friday June 28, 2024 from 3:30-6:30pm EDT for a community discussion and vigil marking the second anniversary of the CKW inquest verdict. We invite survivors, family members, those who have advocated for implementation of the recommendations, media, members of the public who want to make their communities safer for everyone to join.…

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An update on criminalizing coercive control

At Luke’s Place, we support women and their children who have left abuse and are engaged with the family law/court process through both direct service and system change work. Through this work, we have developed a deep understanding of the many ways different legal systems intersect with and affect women’s family law experiences. We have…

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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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