Luke’s Place works with women1 who have been subjected to abuse to support them and their children through the family law process. We provide women, their children and their communities with specialized services, resources and information about family law and woman abuse.
Luke’s Place envisions a family law system that promotes healthy, safe families, living free from abuse and the threat of abuse.
1 We use the term women to include all self-identified women (including two-spirited, cisgender or transgender women) 16 years of age and older.
About Luke's Place Support & Resource Centre for Women & Children
Luke’s Place is a unique resource centre devoted solely to improving the safety and experience of women who have been subjected to abuse and their children as they proceed through the family law system. Every year we support hundreds of women during this challenging process by providing individual and group information sessions, pro bono legal services, safety planning and the development and regular updates of manuals and resources both in print and online.
A core component of our work that stems from years of research and direct service delivery to thousands of women is our commitment to enhance legal service delivery throughout Ontario. We share our expertise through comprehensive training and tools for advocates. We also offer critical community based training and mentorship for shelter staff, lawyers and other social service professionals. Our new Virtual Legal Clinic connects women in under served regions of the province to lawyers for family law summary advice.
Luke’s Place is named after a 3½ year old boy killed by his father in 1997. Luke’s mother had serious concerns about his safety with his father and had applied for supervised access through the family court. She was unsuccessful and Luke was killed by his father, who then killed himself, on his first unsupervised visit. Following Luke’s death the community came together to work towards making sure no other child would face a similar fate.
What People Are Saying
"I would have been just finished that day had Luke's Place not been there to help."
— Luke's Place Client
"I was lost. I did not know how to deal with the family law system. Luke's Place was there for me every step of the way!""
— Luke's Place Client