Legal Information

CLEO (COMMUNITY LEGAL INFORMATION ONTARIO/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)

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

 

Criminal Injuries Compensation Board

Information on compensation for victims of crime, including sexual assault and domestic violence.

 

FLEW (Family Law Education for Women)

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.

 

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO)

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.

 

Luke's Place

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.

 

OWJN (ontario women's justice network)

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.  


Additional Resources

 

INTERNET SAFETY

Computers keep a record of sites visited by their users. If you are concerned that your partner will know you have searched for information and resources online, there are ways to clear your search history. As your internet service provider also keeps a record of internet activity, it is safer to use a public computer whenever possible.

 

KANAWAYHITOWIN (TAKING CARE OF EACH OTHER'S SPIRIT)

An online resource to support Aboriginal women experiencing abuse, their families, communities and front line workers to better educate themselves with resources and strategies.

 

METRAC

Innovative programs and services focused on education and prevention with the goal of ending violence against those who are at the highest risk: women and youth. 

 

NEIGHBOURS, FRIENDS AND FAMILIES 

A public education campaign to raise awareness of the signs of woman abuse so that those close to an at-risk woman or an abusive man can help by supporting her and talking to him about his behaviour.

 

SPRINGTIDE RESOURCES

Provides training and resources aimed to decrease the incidence of physical, psychological, emotional and sexual violence against women and the effect that woman abuse has on children.

 

TECHNOLOGY SAFETY PLANNING 

Tips for ensuring that electronic devices (phones, computers, etc.) are used in ways that do not jeopardize women's safety.