Information and Resources for Woman Abuse Survivors involved in Family and/or Criminal Court Systems
The Family Court Support Program located in Thunder Bay provides assistance to make the family court system easier to understand, and offers support to Aboriginal women and children affected by violence or abuse.
Offers education and clear information on a variety of legal topics pertaining to women and families in Ontario. An online project of CLEO, Your Legal Rights provides free, practical legal information produced by hundreds of organizations from across Ontario in a multiple languages. CLEO has also produced a variety of publications, such as, Do You Know a Woman Who is Being Abused – A Legal Rights Handbook
Information on compensation for victims of crime, including sexual assault and domestic violence.
Located in Thunder Bay, Faye Peterson House offers a Family Court Support Program to assist and support women who have experienced intimate partner violence and are preparing to begin (or are currently involved in) family court proceedings.
Plain language legal information for women, including resources for specific communities, such as Aboriginal, Jewish, Muslim, Christian, domestic immigrant women, and women with disabilities. Resources are available in 14 languages and multiple formats, including audio and video.
The “Family Violence Authorization Program” provides a legal aid certificate for two hours of free legal advice for those experiencing violence and needing urgent legal assistance.
Family law support and guidance on how to stay safer for abused women and their children, including how to present evidence of abuse in family court. Also offers resources and training for service providers on how to support women through the criminal and family court processes.
Delivers programs and services in a culturally-appropriate manner to address the legal and justice issues of NAN communities. The Victim Witness Liaison (VWL) program helps victims and witnesses by providing information and support, making referrals to community and government agencies, and liaising with criminal court personnel. Victim Witness Liaisons cannot contact or assist a perpetrator (offender). They only assist with the victims and witnesses and/or those who are assisting victims and witnesses.
ONTARIO NATIVE WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION (ONWA)
Offers a variety of culturally-enriched programs and services aimed to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal women and their families regardless of their status or locality. An Aboriginal Victim and Family Liaison is available to provide culturally sensitive community-based victim services for Aboriginal women impacted by violence.
TEL: (807) 577-1492 OR 1-800-667-0816
A program of METRAC, the OWJN offers legal information, including legislation and court decisions, related to violence against women in a way that is accessible and reflects women's diverse experiences.