Bulletin No. 1 - Family Violence and Family Law Community of Practice Bulletin

February 2021

Many family violence victims seek support through family court proceedings in order to find safety for themselves and their children. They may be reluctant to engage with legal professionals due to financial constraints and bullying tactics perpetrated by their partners. Since March 2020, due to COVID-19, there has been reduced access to courts, lawyers, and other court-related professionals as court services went virtual and family courts were only hearing urgent matters. Access to emotional support is also complicated at the present time due to COVID-19 further isolating and endangering victims of family violence who may be already trapped in abusive relationships. Many victims either forgo court or seek to represent themselves which is an overwhelming task. 

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