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Fact Sheet: Common Criminal Legal Terms

by Pamela Cross, LLB Absolute discharge:  This means that even though the accused was found guilty, the court does not register a conviction against him, with the result that he does not have a...

Fact Sheet: Common Criminal Charges in VAW Cases

by Pamela Cross, LLB Assault:  When someone touches another person, directly or indirectly, without that person's consent it is an assault. It is also an assault when the person attempts or...

Fact Sheet: Common Access Problems

by Pamela Cross, LLB It is not uncommon for an abuser to cause ongoing difficulties with custody and access. This can happen even when the order is clear and detailed. Understandably, women are often...

Fact Sheet: Child Support

by Pamela Cross, LLB Child support is the money paid by the parent who spends less time with the child to the parent who has primary responsibility for the child.  It is used to pay for costs...

Fact Sheet: Child Protection

Child protection does not arise in every family law case involving woman abuse. However, it often comes up.  Sometimes, there are concerns about children being exposed to the abuse their mothers...

Fact Sheet: Alternative Dispute Resolution

by Pamela Cross, LLB There are a number of ways to resolve the disputes that arise on relationship breakdown that do not involve going to court. The most common are mediation, collaborative law and...

Fact Sheet: Access to Legal Representation

by Pamela Cross, LLB Lack of access to legal representation is one of the biggest barriers for many women with family law issues. Most women do not have enough money in the bank to pay for a lawyer....

Face Values: Women, Body Image and Facial Differences

AboutFace and The Regional Women's Health Centre, Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre Women and girls with facial differences are sisters, daughters, cousins, partners and mothers....

Emotional Abuse of Women with Disabilities

by Fran Odette and Enza Ronaldi This article is a general overview of emotional abuse and women with disabilities and is not meant to be a comprehensive review. In keeping with the Independent Living...

Emotional Abuse of Women by their Intimate Partners: A Literature Review

Prepared by Valerie J. Packota Introduction Emotional abuse is one of the most prevalent forms of abuse of women by their intimate partners and its damage is unquestionably severe, undermining a...