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When a Mother Decides to Leave the Other Parent: Legal Information Training to Support Women When Families Separate

Date: Tuesday April 8, 8:45 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: YWCA Elm Centre (87 Elm street, Toronto, Ontario, 2nd floor Boardroom, wheelchair accessible venue)
Cost: METRAC Members: $75 | Non-members: $90
Register now: printable form (PDF, 173 KB)

Facilitated by Tamar Witelson, METRAC’s Legal Director, and expert guest speakers:

  • Mary Lou Fassel, Legal Director, Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
  • Kristina Jensen, Housing and Legal Worker, Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter
  • Iliana Mena, Child and Youth Worker, Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter
  • Melanie Moore, Community Engagement Specialist, Centre for Independent Living in Toronto
  • Rachel Epstein and Dana Baitz, Coordinators, LGBTQ Parenting Network, Trans Family Law Project
  • Victoria Starr, Barrister and Solicitor, Starr Family Law
  • Paula McGirr, Lawyer, Legal Aid Ontario
  • Ricardo Theoduloz, Community Worker, Jewish Family Centre
  • Duberlis Ramos, Executive Director, Hispanic Development Council

Geared to service providers and community leaders in the Greater Toronto Area, this training session will give you tools to better understand, communicate and respond to family law issues for women leaving a relationship, especially when abuse is involved.

It is known that being a single parent is related to experiencing multiple problems during and after family breakup. Difficulties after relationship breakdown are disproportionately experienced by women and children dealing with stress and instability, which affects their safety, health and well-being. Often partner abuse will continue after separation. Early legal information and support is key, and service providers are well-placed to provide help to women with the many legal and social challenges that follow the separation of parents. This day-long training explores issues women with children face when they leave a relationship, especially when there are issues of abuse. The day begins with a facilitated discussion and problem-solving session on the topic of trying to co-parent with an abusive ex-partner. Respected legal and community representatives will lead a discussion on additional challenges that a mother might face arising from vulnerability and stereotypes. Presentations will be made on specific topics, including: parental alienation and the Children’s Aid Society and their role when child abuse or neglect is an issue.

Specific topics to be covered include:

  • Trying to co-parent with an abusive ex-partner: an idea-sharing session about possible problems and approaches on issues like: when your ex threatens to take full custody, when your ex negotiates custody against support, when your ex is abusive at pickup/drop off and when the other parent doesn’t visit your kids.
  • Stereotypes and other challenges that complicate co-parenting: a discussion about the additional challenges that certain communities may face after breakup, including disabled and LGBTQ parents.
  • Parental alienation: what are the signs that one parent is trying to poison a child’s view of or relationship with the other parent and what are possible responses?
  • Children’s Aid Society (CAS): what is the role of the CAS when there is child abuse/neglect at family breakdown and how do they identify and deal with attempted parental alienation?

Registration includes a light lunch (please advise us of any dietary restrictions). Spaces are limited - register early.

More information: 416-392-9138 |

Consent+Rights+Respect: Youth Take Action on Sexual Violence Forum

Date: Thursday April 10, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: North York Civic Centre (5100 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, wheelchair accessible venue)
Cost: free
Register now: online

This is an interactive, skill-building and awareness-raising forum for students, youth, service providers and educators. It focuses on how we can all take action to support youth who experience sexual violence, how we can get support, and how we can help each other. Held during the National Victims of Crime Awareness Week 2014 with the support of many community partners, this forum will explore important topics such as safety and legal issues; services and supports; technology; healing and self-care; reporting; and the role of service providers.

Register as a youth (up to age 25) or a service provider/teacher/adult ally and pick which sessions you will attend. (If you register as a youth, you will be able to attend youth-only sessions and sessions for everyone. If you register as a service provider/teacher/adult ally, you will only be able to attend sessions for everyone.)

A light lunch will be provided with vegetarian options.

This forum is hosted by METRAC and supported by several community partners. Funding provided by Department of Justice Canada.

Poster and full agenda: PDF (170 KB)


May Be Me

On May 31, express yourself in purple and join the movement to prevent violence. May Be Me is an annual campaign to raise awareness and funds to prevent violence against women and youth. Initiated by METRAC, the campaign supports the organization's prevention work and we hope to grow the campaign so other organizations doing violence prevention also benefit. Register and participate today - it's never too early or too late!

Visit the official May Be Me website