Bridging the Gap between the needs of survivors of family violence and the realities of family court


This webinar took place on December 15, 2020  


This webinar addresses:

  • Challenges survivors of family violence face when seeking safety and support in the family court.
  • Barriers survivors face due to the nature of trauma they have suffered and the many demands of the adversarial system from a legal and psychological perspective. 
  • How court-related professionals and the system can become trauma informed. 
  • Promising practices.


Pamela Cross
Feminist lawyer; a well-known and respected expert on violence against women and the law for her work as a researcher, writer, educator, and trainer. She works with women’s equality and violence against women organizations across Ontario.
Linda Baker
Dr. Linda Baker is a Psychologist, Adjunct Professor, and the Learning Director of the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children at Western University. 

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Responses to unanswered questions

Please note: where answers refer to provincial legislation, this is for Ontario. Each province and territory has its own system of family laws. While they are quite similar in most jurisdictions, they are not identical. The Divorce Act is a federal law that applies to people everywhere in Canada.