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Family Court and Violence Against Women: Challenges and Supports

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Trent Port Marina

15 Creswell Drive

Quinte West, ON K8V 3S8

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Join Victim Services for a FREE Lunch and Learn presentation with guest speaker Pamela Cross:

Women who leave abusive relationships and become involved with family law/family court processes face a number of barriers that can have a significant and negative impact on the outcomes of their cases and can leave them and their children exposed to ongoing abuse. This presentation will explore the barriers and discuss community supports that can assist women in addressing them.

About the Speaker:

Pamela Cross is a feminist lawyer; a well-known and respected expert on violence against women and the law for her work as a researcher, writer, educator and trainer. She is the Legal Director of Luke’s Place Support and Resource Centre in Durham Region, where she leads the organization’s provincial projects, including research, training and advocacy.

She is also a member of the teaching faculty with the National Judicial Institute, where she plans and delivers educational programs on violence against women to Canadian judges and has recently completed the development of violence against women curriculum for law schools in a project with the Law Commission of Ontario.

Pamela has worked with the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, most notably as the co-author of “Muslim and Canadian Family Laws: A Comparative Primer” and as the author of “Violence Against Women: Health and Justice for Canadian Women,” as well as delivering workshops on family law to CCMW members.

In her role as Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela is the lead trainer for Ontario’s Family Court Support Workers, providing both in-person and online training and support for approximately 100 frontline workers who assist abused women in family court. She is currently developing and delivering domestic violence awareness training for all Legal Aid Ontario staff. She is also a member of the Violence Against Women Roundtable, which provides guidance to the provincial government on this issue.

Pamela is a 2015 recipient of the Attorney General’s Victim Services Award of Distinction for her work on the issue of violence against women.

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