News from METRAC

METRAC (The Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children) is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that prevents violence against women and youth. It provides:

  • easy-to-understand, multilingual information about violence, safety, and the law's impact on women and youth experiencing violence
  • legal information training for women and service providers
  • violence prevention workshops and training for youth, educators, and youth workers
  • training for groups and service providers on Safety Audits and community safety issues

Through innovative public education, legal information, youth engagement, safety initiatives, research, policy work, and partnerships, METRAC seeks to build safety, justice, and equity for all women and youth.

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Register for upcoming webinar: Immigration Status and Relationship Breakdown: What Women Should Know

Mon, May 29, 2017, 12:00 PM E.S.T.

Register for this webinar at: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/ap63no6lizd&eom

Mon, May 29, 2017, 12:00 PM E.S.T. - This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series discusses the different types of immigration status for non-citizen women in Canada and how status may be affected by their partner and the breakdown of their relationship. It explains the April 2017 changes in immigration law, specifically the removal of conditional permanent residence for sponsored spouses/partners and what this means for women who want to leave an abusive relationship. The webinar will also discuss legal options and tips for staying safe. METRAC's Program Lawyer, Silmy Abdullah, will co-present with Immigration lawyer, Caitlin Maxwell of Equity Legal and the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. Register today at: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/ap63no6lizd&eom

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May 23, 2017

Register today for an upcoming webinar - Legal Advice for Survivors of Sexual Assault: Ontario's ILA Pilot Program

When: May 25, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Where: Online

May 25, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series reviews the pilot program that provides free independent legal advice (ILA), for survivors of recent and older cases of sexual assault.  This webinar covers who can get free legal advice and what questions a lawyer can help with.  METRAC's Legal Director, Tamar Witelson, co-presents with sexual assault lawyer, Karen Bellehumeur of Jellinek Law Office, Toronto/London.

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May 16, 2017

Register now for Webinar on How and When to Prove Abuse in Family Court

When: Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. ET

Where: Online

This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series discusses ways of trying to prove abuse in a Family Court case, and when it can affect the Court's decision.

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September 27, 2016

Register now for Webinar on Staying Home Safely After Abuse: Court Orders That Can Help

When: Monday, August 22, 2016, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. E.T.

Where: Online

This webinar discusses different kinds of family and criminal court orders that can help a woman force an abusive partner to leave her home and stay away.

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August 16, 2016

June 16: Register now for Webinar on Child Custody and Access: Ideas for Single Mothers

When: Thursday, June 16, 2016, 3 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. E.T.

Where: Online

This webinar reviews basics about child custody and access, and discusses ideas for mothers about the rights and responsibilities of raising children, after the relationship between parents ends. 

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June 09, 2016

May 27: Register now for Webinar on The Ontario Criminal Injuries Compensation Board: An Option for Survivors of Violence

When: Friday, May 27, 2016, 12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. E.T.

Where: Online

For women survivors of sexual violence, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB) can be a legal option. In this webinar, learn about what the CICB does and how the process works.

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May 18, 2016

April 6: Register now for webinar on Victim Impact Statements: A role in the justice system for women survivors of domestic and sexual assault

When: Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. ET

Where: Online

When does a woman survivor of sexual assault or intimate partner violence get to prepare a Victim Impact Statement? What can she say in it? Who can help her prepare it?

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March 22, 2016

International Women's Day and Remembering Arlene May, March 8, 2016

This International Women's Day is the 20th anniversary of the murder of Arlene May, whose death resulted in the first Ontario inquest into an intimate femicide.

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March 08, 2016

Register now for webinar on The Partner Assault Response Program (PAR): A Part of the Domestic Violence Court System

When: Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. EST

Where: Online

This webinar will address these questions: What is the Parner Assault Response Program? What does it involve? How can it help women who have been assaulted by their partners?

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February 29, 2016

Register now for Jan. 29 Webinar, After Bill S-7: Women and New Law Affecting Marriage

When: Friday, January 29, 2016, 2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EST

Where: Online

Bill S-7 makes changes to law affecting forced and underage marriage, and may have immigration effects for women in polygamous relationships.

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January 25, 2016

Register now for Jan. 29 Webinar, After Bill S-7: Women and New Laws Affecting Marriage

When: Friday, January 29, 2016, 2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EST

Where: Online

This webinar looks at Bill S-7 and the changes it makes to laws affecting forced and underage marriage, and potential immigration effects for women in polygamous relationships. 

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January 20, 2016

Domestic Violence Training Part 1 - Women Charged with Partner Assault Thursday January 14, 2016

Date: Thursday January 14, 2016
Time: 12:45 to 5:00 PM (registration begins at 12:30 PM)
Facilitated by: Tamar Witelson, METRAC’s Legal Director with a panel of expert guest speakers

METRAC’s Community Justice Program provides relevant and easy-to-understand legal information training for service providers who support diverse and vulnerable women. These January 2016 trainings will take an in-depth look at how domestic violence is dealt with in the Ontario legal system. They build on our past trainings on specialized Domestic Violence Courts and are designed for service providers, community leaders, and anyone in the Greater Toronto Area who wants to learn more about Ontario’s domestic violence legal system.

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January 05, 2016

Domestic Violence Training Part 2: Assaulted Women: Risk and Protection January 27, 2016

Date: Wednesday January 27, 2016
Time: 12:45 to 5:00 PM (registration begins at 12:30 PM)
Facilitated by: Tamar Witelson, METRAC’s Legal Director with expert guest speakers

METRAC’s Community Justice Program provides relevant and easy-to-understand legal information training for service providers who support diverse and vulnerable women. These January 2016 trainings will take an in-depth look at how domestic violence is dealt with in the Ontario legal system. They build on our past trainings on specialized Domestic Violence Courts and are designed for service providers, community leaders, and anyone in the Greater Toronto Area who wants to learn more about Ontario’s domestic violence legal system.

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January 05, 2016

November 28: Gender and racial profiling conference

When: Saturday, November 28, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Where: Osgoode Hall Law School, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto

This event will address the unique realities of gender and racial profiling in the Jane-Finch community and will be the first of a series of events on gender and racial profiling across Toronto.

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November 13, 2015

December 4 & 14: Immigration, Women, and Safety Legal Information Training

When: Friday, December 4 and Monday, December 14, 2015, 12:45 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Where: YWCA Elm Centre, 150 Elizabeth Street, Toronto

Geared to service providers and community leaders in the Greater Toronto Area, these training sessions will explore recent changes to the law affecting immigrant women.

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November 11, 2015

Safety Information System will send out warnings about sexual assaults in Toronto

The application will notify subscribers of danger by sending them police alerts and news stories about crimes committed in Toronto, and send prevention information and safety reminders.

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July 15, 2015

April 24: Shaping Our Futures Together: An interactive forum during National Victims of Crime Awareness Week

When: Friday, April 24, 2015, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: Thomas Lounge, Ryerson University, 55 Gould Street, Toronto M5B 1E9

RSVP by April 22: Call 416-392-3137 or email shapingthefuture15@gmail.com. Please indicate accessibility and food allergy, dietary or religious needs.

This is a forum to increase awareness of issues related to violence against women with disabilities and Deaf women.

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April 20, 2015

April 15: How Will 'Zero Tolerance' Impact Women? Forum

When: April 15, 2015, 1 p.m - 4 p.m.

Where: Friends' Meeting House, 60 Lowther Ave., Toronto

Information: 416-392-9138 | justicecoordinator@metrac.org

This forum focuses on the practical implications of the proposed Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act (Bill S-7).

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April 13, 2015

Sexual Abuse of Patients by Health Professionals

METRAC is helping the Task Force on the Sexual Abuse of Patients by Health Professionals connect with patient-survivors of sexual abuse.

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April 13, 2015

Register today for: Protecting Women's Rights to the Family Home on Reserves: Important Changes for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Women

When: March 23, 2015 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. 
Where: Online

March 23, 2015 – noon to 1:15 p.m. - There are recent changes to the law with the goal of providing better safety, and access to the family home, for women and children living on First Nations reserves. Both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women have new property rights on reserve when their relationship breaks down. This webinar is part of the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) campaign and explains how the new law works. Hosted by Tamar Witelson, Legal Director, METRAC, and Emily Hill, Senior Lawyer, Aboriginal Legal Services Toronto.

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March 11, 2015