This toolkit provides an overview of some of the major issues that lawyers may encounter when requesting or responding to psychological reports ordered under s. 211 of the Family Law Act. Section 211 reports (sometimes called “custody and access reports” in other jurisdictions) are frequently ordered in difficult family law cases involving parenting disputes and are intended to provide judges with independent information about the views and needs of children. They are a common feature of BC family law cases and can have important consequences for the participants.
This toolkit was developed primarily for lawyers working with women who have experienced family violence, but it may also be useful for lawyers who would like to learn more about s. 211 reports generally.
Rise Women’s Legal Centre – Section 211 Toolkit
This webinar is for lawyers, law students, advocates, or anyone working with people in the family court system. We will discuss Rise’s research in the ways that colonial law is harmful for Indigenous clients, and provide recommendations on how to decolonize family law. If you work with clients going through family legal matters, we encourage you to attend to learn about trauma-informed practice, and how it can improve your practice, for yourself and your clients.
4 March 2021
11:00 am – 12:15
With Margaret Jackson, Professor Emerita in the School of Criminology and Director of the FREDA Centre at Simon Fraser University, and Haley Hrymak, who works with Rise Women’s Legal Centre representing self-identifying women in family law matters and conducting research, primarily on topics related to family violence and the family court system.
This webinar is part of the Alliance of Canadian Research Centres’ project “Supporting the Health of Survivors of Family Violence in Family Law Proceedings” funded by Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). The focus of this webinar will be on Rise’s research results regarding the impacts the family court system had on survivors, particularly to their health. The results of this research can be found in Rise’s recent report
, authored by Haley Hrymak and Kim Hawkins.
Register through SFU’s site here: http://websurvey.sfu.ca/survey/393941427
This project was conducted between June 2017 and May 2020 and made possible by generous funding from Women and Gender Equality Canada. The project team is grateful to the key informants and interdisciplinary experts we interviewed and consulted with throughout this project. We are especially appreciative of the women who shared their experiences with us and the front-line advocates who assisted us in facilitating focus groups for women with lived experiences. These collaborations allowed for rich discussions about women’s experiences with the Family Law Act and inspired us to collectively imagine a family law system that will both meet the needs of women and respond to the pervasiveness of family violence.
Why Can’t Everyone Just Get Along-Rise Women’s Legal-January2021
Employment Opportunities at Rise
- Rise is seeking a Project and Volunteer Coordinator. Please see details in the posting. The deadline for submitting a letter of interest for this opportunity is April 11, 2021.
- Rise is seeking a consultant with experience in social enterprise to lead a 2-year project to develop a viable social enterprise model and business plan. Please see details in the posting. The deadline for submitting a letter of interest for this opportunity is February 22, 2021.
2021-01-26 Employment Opp-Social Enterprise Consultant
- Rise is seeking a Program Assistant to provide administrative and systems support to the Triage, VLC and FASL Programs at Rise, including conducting intake calls, coordinating volunteers, program outreach, data entry and retrieval for reporting purposes, assisting with evaluation through surveys, and scheduling and development of systems and manuals for Rise. The deadline for applying for this opportunity is March 22, 2021.
2021-02-24 – Rise Employment Opportunity – Program Assistant
Submissions to the British Columbia Law Institute, developed in consultation with a group of front-line family support organizations, anti-violence advocates, family law experts and feminist legal advocates with expertise in child protection law and practice. Presented by by West Coast LEAF, Rise Women’s Legal Centre, and Frances Rosner.
Joint Submissions in response to the British Columbia Law Institute Consultation Paper on Modernizing the Child, Family and Community Service Act