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Links for Abused Women

Working with your Lawyer: A Toolkit for Survivors of Domestic Abuse

Produced by the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, in partnership with PBLO, the toolkit provides information for survivors of domestic violence and support workers on how to effectively manage the lawyer-client relationship. The materials are designed specifically for women who are about to – or have just entered – the Family Law process and focus on three common problem areas: Expectations, Communications and Decision Making.

Your Legal Rights

The CLEONet web site has hundreds of resources, news articles, and events from community organizations and legal clinics across Ontario on legal issues affecting low-income and disadvantaged communities. The site includes over 220 legal resources related to legal issues for women and families.


FLEW provides family law education and outreach to women – in particular, isolated and vulnerable woman – across the province. Resources are abialtable in many languages. inlcuding English and French.

Shelter Associations

There are many provincial shelter associations representing or working with shelters, transition and interval houses. Although each association provides its membership with unique services, generally the purpose of a shelter association is to support and strengthen the efforts of shelters that provide services to abused women and their children.

Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes (AOcVF)

This is an information and resource website on violence against women for French speaking women in Ontario. The site also has links to French-speaking women’s organizations which offer direct services, shelter, support and advice to women who experience any form of abuse.

Assaulted Women’s Helpline

A 24-hour telephone crisis line for women in the province of Ontario.
The Helpline is also for friends and family members of abused women, service providers and other professionals in contact with abused women.

GTA: (416) 863-0511
TOLL FREE (Ontario): 1-866-863-0511
TOLL FREE TTY (Ontario): 1-866-863-7868

Ontario Women’s Justice Network

Explains step by step the legal issues surrounding woman abuse and also provides links to shelters and affiliated services throughout Ontario and other provinces. Includes section on safety plans.

RoseNet – Law and Abused Immigrant Women

This site was developed by the Legal Studies Program, University of Alberta and Changing Together: A Centre for Immigrant Women. It specifically deals with issues abused immigrant or refugee women might face, such as legal rights of a sponsored spouse. There are three ways to find information: by following a story of an immigrant woman; by choosing a topic in the “facts” section; or by typing in a search term.

The site is well laid out and information is easy to find. Simple and self-affirming language is used to make the reader feel she is in control of the situation.

The Law and Abused Women

This site was developed by VIOLET, (Women, Violence and the Net), a collaborative effort of several women’s groups in Alberta. The site explains, in simple language, how abused women can get help, with excellent explanations of legal matters. Some content is Alberta-specific.

Ending Violence Association of Canada

Lists of shelters, rape crisis centres, womens’ centres and other relevant agencies for every province in Canada, by province.

This site promotes safe online practices and provides resources, information and useful links relating to the dangers on the Internet particularly for children and youth. There are separate sections on the site for Kids, Teens, Parents, Teachers and Professionals.

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