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Opportunities to Participate:

Supporting the Health of Survivors of Family Violence in Family Law Proceedings | Webinar: Self-Represented Litigants and Family Violence: Making a Difficult Experience Even Worse
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM EDT

Julie Macfarlane, Professor of Law, University of Windsor.

The Honourable Mary Jo Nolan

The Honourable Lynda C. Templeton

Malcolm Bennett LLB. AccFM. AccEM., Bluewater Mediation

Julie Lee, Senior Family Lawyer at Millars Law

Family court is filled with self-represented litigants – up to 50% across Canada and closer to 80% in urban centres. Those SRLs include individuals asking for restraining orders (there is no disaggregated data in Ontario) as well as those experiencing family violence seeking custody, access, child support etc.  US research (Kercin, 2015) shows that the outcomes for this second group are significantly worse for those without representation, which matches NSRLP data on systemically less favourable outcomes for SRLs than represented litigants. While Canadian data suggests similar levels of self-representation among men and women, NSRLP suggests that the way that courts treat women is often markedly different and subject to judicial stereotypes (NSRLP, 2018). We also see some examples of process abuse by controlling male partners (for example, continual reopening of child support and access) which suggests a possible relationship with family violence.

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Sole Expression : Trauma-Informed Dance Intervention / Une intervention basée sur la danse et tenant compte des traumatismes
Research Briefing

Date: June 17, 2021
1:00 – 1:20 PM EASTERN TIME

Presented by:
 Heather Gregory, Clinical Manager and Child and Family Therapist, Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre; and Shannon Brown, Research Coordinator, Ryerson University

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Simultaneous interpretation in French will be available!

Des services d’interprétation en français seront offerts pendant la présentation, et les diapositives seront disponibles en français.

Sole Expression is a trauma-informed dance intervention that utilizes Hip-Hop as a way to address trauma in youth who have experienced abuse and/or have been exposed to violence.

Facebook Live with Dr. Alexa Dodge
Facebook Live with Dr. Alexa Dodge
Facebook Live with Dr. Alexa Dodge

Responding to Nonconsensual Intimate Image Distribution in Canada

Monday, July 26
Time:  12:00 pm to 12:15 pm ET