November 28 – Day 4 – Access to Justice

November 28 – Day 4 – Access to Justice

Canadian women attempting to leave abusive situations have to deal with a
variety of legal issues, including custody of and access to children, division
of property, child and spousal support, and restraining orders. Women living in
poverty, or even with moderate incomes, have limited access to the legal
resources to assist them with escaping abusive situations. The qualifying
incomes for legal aid are quite low, often leaving even those living under the
poverty line outside of legal aid qualifying categories. Even if women do obtain
access to legal aid, there are limits on the number of hours of legal services
for which legal aid will pay; once those hours are finished, the women must pay
for the legal services themselves, or must continue as self-represented which
decreases their chances of success. The Ontario government recently advised that
it will be increasing income eligibility threshold and funding for legal aid,
but there are still several provinces and territories in Canada that need to
make changes.
What you can do: contact your local MPP; get involved with or
donate to organizations like LEAF – Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (http://www.leaf.ca/).

Date: November 30th, 2014 | Categories: Advocacy | By: | 0