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.
She co-chairs the province’s 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.
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.
She recently completed a three-year contract with Legal Aid Ontario, in which she 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.
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.
Pamela also works with the National Association of Women and the Law, for whom she recently delivered a submission about Bill S-202, legislation that would amend the Divorce Act, to the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs.
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.