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March 11, 2011
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:
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.
“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
Learn more about family law reform in Ontario.
Learn more about preventing domestic violence in your community.