A Primer on Managing the Family Violence File
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Thursday, November 18, 2021 (9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.)

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8 h 45 m Substantive
1 h 55 m Professionalism
1 h 50 m EDI Professionalism

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  • Brian Burke
    Epstein Cole LLP
  • Hilary Linton
    Riverdale Mediation Ltd.

Cases involving family violence can be among the most challenging for family lawyers and the restrictions and anxieties that the pandemic has brought push this issue into sharp focus. Never easy cases, the pandemic has also led to the confinement of many of those in abusive relationships to their homes, often with restricted access to supports, financial resources and the internet, creating additional challenges for lawyers. Our comprehensive two-day program offers practical tools, essential information, and vital strategies that will assist you in handling these sensitive cases. Tap into our presenters’ years of experience to understand how to recognize trauma, identify and screen for violence, and learn best practices in managing clients, staff, and others when addressing family violence.

  • ​Be aware of what family violence looks like
  • Understand why family violence victims don't leave
  • Gain insights into how to represent the alleged abuser/abuser in these matters
  • Find out how to identify and manage vicarious trauma/compassion fatigue/burnout when handling high risk cases
  • Learn about the social science of family violence
  • Recognize how family violence intersects with criminal, immigration, child protection, and tort law
  • Get tips on working effectively with experts, other advocates, support services, and more


  • Brian BurkeEpstein Cole LLP
  • Hilary LintonRiverdale Mediation Ltd.
  • The Honourable Suzanne StevensonSuperior Court of Justice
  • Peter Jaffe, Ph.D., Professor, Faculty of EducationWestern University; Academic Director of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women & Children; Director Emeritus of the London Family Court Clinic
  • Deepa MattooBarrister & Solicitor and Executive DirectorBarbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
  • Nilufa HuseinLaw Office of Nilufa Husein
  • Claire FaridSenior Counsel and CoordinatorDepartment of Justice (Ottawa)
  • Robin TrombleyCounselDepartment of Justice
  • Martha McCarthy, C.S., LSMMcCarthy Hansen & Company LLP
  • Katreena Scott, PhD C. Psych.Professor and Academic Director Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and ChildrenWestern University
  • Dr. Jennifer Kagan, BAHons, MD, CCFP(PC)
  • Ryan WalshAboriginal Legal Services
  • Tanisha Sri BhaggiyadattaProgram Manager, Residential ServicesThe Redwood
  • Alicia Blanco, SSWFamily Court Support WorkerBarbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
  • The Honourable Phillip SutherlandSuperior Court of Justice
  • Andrea Jones, MSW, RSW,Provincial Manager, Clinical ServicesOffice of the Children's Lawyer
  • Kay MehriziManager, Public Interest and Legal InitiativesThe 519
  • Dr. Julie Macfarlane, C.M.Emerita Distinguished University ProfessorUniversity of Windsor and Founder and Former Director, National Self-represented Litigants Project
  • Dr. Dan Ashbourne, Ph.D., C.Psych., AccFMClinical Psychologist, Accredited Family Mediator, and Executive DirectorLondon Family Court Clinic (LFCC)
  • Pamela CrossLegal DirectorLuke’s Place Support & Resource Centre for Women & Children

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