The HELP Toolkit: Identifying and Responding to Family Violence for Family Law Legal Advisers is now available on the Department of Justice Canada website: https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/fl-df/help-aide/index.html
The toolkit provides practical guidance to help legal advisers identify and respond to family violence in their family law cases. The “HELP” approach is based on new and existing research on:
- Family violence in the family law context;
- The current practices and needs of legal advisers in relation to identifying and responding to family violence with family law clients; and
- The needs of family law clients who have experienced family violence.
The development of the HELP toolkit was supported by many people across the country, including experts in family law and family violence, legal advisers, frontline service providers, the Canadian Bar Association’s Family Law Section, and the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.
We hope that you will find the HELP toolkit useful in your work, and we encourage you to share it within your networks.