As part of its domestic violence strategy, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has developed a three-year action plan. The blueprint comes after months of consultations with survivors, partners in the Violence against Women community and other legal and community service providers. During these consultations, LAO received a lot of feedback on how the organization can enhance […]
Ontario’s top court has thrown out sexual-assault convictions against a man accused of abusing his five-year-old cousin, in the latest case in which trial judges have been criticized for applying unfair legal standards to accused male perpetrators.
The number of self-described sexual assault victims who went to police dropped 15 per cent over the past decade, newly released data shows, once again shining a spotlight on a persistent issue in Canada: why aren’t victims coming forward, and how can they be encouraged to do so?
High-profile court cases have put focus on judicial training on issues such as sex assault and domestic violence.
In the early 1970s, domestic violence was still a problem with no name — a private reality for many women, but not an issue considered the business of government or police. It was in this setting that a group of young feminists set about opening the first shelter for abused women and children in Canada.
The following are details of a French-only training session offered on June 1.
CBC News has been investigating insurance companies denying claims for cases involving domestic violence. A Toronto MPP has introduced a private member’s bill aimed at forcing insurers to pay out claims for cases involving domestic violence, after a CBC News investigation into the matter.
If you’re a woman who’s experiencing domestic violence and in the process of going through the family court system, you can get free help from a family court support worker.
New government funding devoted to a housing benefit may help hundreds of survivors of domestic violence find safe, permanent homes more quickly, and free up space in shelters for women trying to escape an abusive partner, experts say.
A change to Ontario’s Residential Tenancies Act that took effect Sept. 8 now allows tenants fleeing domestic or sexual violence to terminate a lease in 28 days, down from 60, “allowing them to be able to leave an unsafe living environment quickly,” according to the action plan. While the termination date for most leases cannot be sooner than the last day of the contract, the new provision allows these tenants to give notice any time during their tenancy.