Helping Victims Of Domestic Violence In Toronto
McGuinty Government Supports Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic is improving access to legal services for more women who are victims of abuse to help them break the cycle of family violence.
Ontario is providing additional support for the clinic, which offers many programs such as legal advice, counselling, interpretation, and information and referral services, for women who have experienced different forms of violence within the family, including partner assault, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse.
The province's support for the clinic last year alone provided legal services to more than 700 women and is part of the Open Ontario Plan in making the justice system more accessible, effective and affordable to help all Ontarians, including those who are most vulnerable.
- The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic is receiving $50,000 from the province's Victims' Justice Fund.
- In 2009, the clinic received the Guthrie Award, presented by the Law Foundation of Ontario to recognize its work to address the immediate consequences and underlying causes of violence against women.
- The majority of the clinic's clients are immigrant or vulnerable women who have complex legal needs.
“Violence of any sort is unacceptable and should not be tolerated. We are supporting places such as the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic to provide vital help to mothers, sisters and daughters who have been victims of violence.”
“As a front-line service provider, we see the terrible toll of family violence every day. We're pleased to accept this funding from the Ontario government, which will allow us to continue to provide supports and services to women who are trying to build lives free from violence.”