Alienating children or protecting them?

In the late 1980s, a new phrase started to pop up in American and then Canadian family courts: parental alienation syndrome (PAS). Originally coined by American psychiatrist Richard Gardner, the term was used to describe situations where one parent intentionally Continue reading Alienating children or protecting them?

Can a criminal law omnibus bill meet the needs of women fleeing abuse?

According to a 2016 report from Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, only about a third of women who are abused by their partners call the police. While this is better than the 10% reporting rate for sexual violence, it is Continue reading Can a criminal law omnibus bill meet the needs of women fleeing abuse?

Legal Aid Ontario Domestic Violence Training: A VAW best practice model

In 2014, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) introduced mandatory domestic violence awareness training for its staff. Since its implementation, more than 1,200 LAO staff and 800 lawyers have participated. This successful program can and should serve as a model for violence Continue reading Legal Aid Ontario Domestic Violence Training: A VAW best practice model

Intimate partner stalking: when leaving isn’t really leaving

Ontario’s Domestic Violence Death Review Committee’s annual reports tell us year after year that pending or recent separation are the times when a victim of family violence is at greatest risk of being killed by her partner. Research conducted by Continue reading Intimate partner stalking: when leaving isn’t really leaving