Family Violence: Laws & Supports

This workshop is led by METRAC: Action on Violence. The workshop is open to all U of T community members who are interested in learning more about laws and supports for those experiencing family violence. The workshop will give attendees tools and knowledge to support others who are experiencing family violence and to seek supports if they are experiencing family violence. The workshop will cover: New definition in the law that applies to both married spouses and common-law partners, what it means, including financial abuse and emotional abuse, who it applies to, and what they can do. Special rules about children, how does it apply in family law court cases, family violence and CAS, and supports/resources that are available.

Facilitator:METRAC’s Legal Director, Andrea Collins-Fitzpatrick. Andrea is a lawyer who was called to the Bar in Ontario and Manitoba and has a particular interest in access to justice and providing legal information in plain language.

University of Toronto students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are welcome. Partners and family members (including chosen family members) who are co-caregivers with U of T students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are also welcome to attend. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

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