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Stronger Support For Victims Of Domestic Violence

McGuinty Government Improving Family Justice For Victims Of Abuse

March 11, 2011

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A new support program will soon be available across Ontario to help victims of domestic violence through the difficult process of separation or divorce.

The new Family Court Support Worker program will provide assistance to victims, most of whom are women and children, at a time when they are at the greatest risk of further violence. The new support workers will:

  • Provide victims with information about the family court process
  • Document the history of abuse for the court
  • Refer victims to specialized services and supports in the community
  • Help with safety planning related to court appearances
  • Accompany victims to court proceedings, where appropriate.

This new program is helping Ontario take the next steps in its family law reform strategy to provide improved supports for vulnerable Ontarians who come before family courts.

Quotes

“This initiative builds on the work we are doing to make the family courts faster, less confrontational, more affordable and more supportive of families.”
— Chris Bentley, Attorney General

“The Family Court Support Worker program is one way we are taking the next steps in our family justice reform strategy. This program will grow new and important partnerships while strengthening services for victims of domestic violence who are involved in the family court process.”
— Khalil Ramal, MPP London-Fanshawe

“Supporting new programs to help give victims of domestic violence information and advice when they need it is the right thing to do.”
— Deb Matthews, MPP London North Centre

“The Family Court Support Worker program will provide abused women with the supports and services they need as they navigate through the family court system.”
— Laurel Broten, Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues

Quick Facts

  • The Government is investing almost $2 million per year for the next three years, which will be funded through the Victims Justice Fund. Community agencies can apply in April 2011 for funding to deliver the program.
  • The Family Court Support Worker program will be available across the province in all 49 court districts.

Learn More

Learn more about family law reform in Ontario.

Learn more about preventing domestic violence in your community.

Contacts

Nauman Khan
Minister's Office
416-326-1785

Brendan Crawley
Communications Branch
416-326-2210

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