Pamela Cross is a feminist lawyer; an expert on violence against women and the law, well known and respected for her work as an outspoken advocate, researcher, writer, educator and training.
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.
She is the Legal Director of Luke’s Place in Durham Region, where she leads the organization’s provincial projects, research, training and law reform advocacy work.
In this role, Pamela leads the training for Ontario’s Family Court Support Workers, providing both in-person and online training and support for approximately 100 frontline workers who assist women leaving abusive relationships in family court.
In a contract with Legal Aid Ontario, Pamela developed and delivered domestic violence awareness training to more than 2,000 LAO staff, community clinics and per diem lawyers across the province.
Under Pamela’s leadership and in a contract with Justice Canada, Luke’s Place conducted research on the issue of family violence screening tools for family law practitioners.
In 2018, Pamela led work done by Luke’s Place, in partnership with the National Association of Women and the Law, to respond to Bill C-78, legislation to amend the Divorce Act. Luke’s Place and NAWL prepared a brief and made oral submissions to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
She co-chaired Ontario’s Violence Against Women Roundtable, which provided guidance to the provincial government on this issue, until her resignation in October 2018 due to the lack of action on gender-based violence by the Conservative government.
Pamela’s most recent paper is “When Shared Parenting and the Safety of Women and Children Collide,” published in 2016.
Pamela works with the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, with whom she co-author of “Muslim and Canadian Family Laws: A Comparative Primer” and authored “Violence Against Women: Health and Justice for Canadian Women,” as well as delivering workshops on family law to CCMW members.
She is a frequent speaker at provincial, national and international conferences. She is also a regular commentator on violence against women and the law for print media, radio and television across Canada.
Pamela can be contacted via email.