By Gabrielle Provencher, Social Media Volunteer at WomanACT
A few weeks ago, the Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic offered a presentation on their Family Court Support Program (FCSP) to the latest Shelter and Support Services Committee meeting in order to bring awareness about the program within the GTA.
The FCSP is funded by Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General and has been created to help victims of domestic violence to understand and participate in the family law process and increase access to the family law system, which remains a major barrier of services for these victims.
The Program is being delivered in English and French across the Province of Ontario. Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic is the designated agency for the Toronto courts (along with Oasis Centre des Femmes who will deliver French Language services).
Among many of the program’s objectives, the FCSP aims to provide information about the family court process, guide the client to legal assistance and support for the referral process, conduct risk assessments and create a safety plan, assist to document the history of abuse for the court as well as assist women throughout the court process, including attending court proceedings if appropriate. The program also allows to debrief the after court proceedings and discuss next steps, assist with access to language interpreters, provide referrals to specialized services and community supports and finally collaborate with service providers and court-based services to support individuals involved with the family law system.
Women can be referred to the FCSP intake phone line at 416.323.9149 ext. 233. They may have to leave a message and someone will get back to them promptly. For further information or brochures, contact Marina Izakov or visit their website at http://schliferclinic.com.
The Shelter and Support Services Committee is comprised of front-line staff from the VAW sector including women’s shelters, multi-service agencies, crisis centres and other programs providing support and resources to women in abusive relationships.
The Shelter and Support Services Committee provides a unique opportunity for front-line staff to come together to discuss relevant issues and trends in their work in order to provide comprehensive and integrated support to women fleeing violence.
By becoming a member of the Committee, VAW front-line staff have the opportunity to:
The Shelter and Support Services Committee meets monthly on the 4th Tuesday from 10am-noon in a central downtown location.
For more information, please contact Irene Gabinet (416)944-9242 Ext. 222
May – presentation by FCJ Refugee Centre on Human Trafficking
June – presentation by METRAC law students on Criminal Injuries Compensation Board applications and the Domestic Violence Courts and process including the Integrated Domestic Violence Court
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