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NEW Report! Interpreting the New Divorce Act, Rules of Statutory Interpretation and Senate Observations (March 2020)

Linda C. Neilson and Susan B. Boyd have released an article interpreting various provisions of the new Divorce Act, including several related to family violence. Interpreting the New Divorce Act, March 8 2020 Rules of Statutory Interpretation and Senate Observations … Continue reading

The Honourable Donna J. Martinson Access to Justice Awards

In 2019-2020, Pro Bono Students Canada, UBC Chapter (“PBSC-UBC”) implemented the Honourable Donna J. Martinson Access to Justice Awards to recognize the invaluable contributions of its student volunteers and also its organizational partners and lawyer supervisors. There are three awards, … Continue reading

REPORT HIGHLIGHTS: Family Violence and Parenting Assessments (November 2019)

This document includes highlights of the Family Violence and Parenting Assessment: Law, Skills and Social Context report, released in June 2019. To read the report highlights, please visit: Family Violence and Parenting Assessments: Law, Skills and Social Context – Report … Continue reading

NEW REPORT: Family Violence and Parenting Assessments (June 2019)

This report considers the substantive equality rights of women and of children in family law cases involving family violence in British Columbia, with a particular focus on challenges that can arise when a court orders a parenting assessment. and ways … Continue reading

REPORT: Building Supports Phase III Policy Component (July 2018)

The Building Supports Project: Housing Access for Immigrant and Refugee Women (IRW) Leaving Violence completed its Phase III Policy Component report and Policy Brief Summary. The policy research focused on provincial (i.e., British Columbia) and select federal policy barriers, practices, and recommendations/solutions to … Continue reading

PUBLICATION: Young People as Humans in Family Court (Martinson & Tempesta, 2018)

Young People as Humans in Family Court: A Child Rights Approach to Legal Representation (Available via WestLaw, Heinonline, or LexusNexus) The Honourable Donna J. Martinson & Caterina E. Tempesta Published in the Canadian Journal of Family Law, Vol. 31, Issue 1 … Continue reading

REPORT: Parental Alienation Empirical Analysis (Neilson, 2018)

Linda Neilson, Professor Emerita, University of New Brunswick, and Research Associate at the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research has authored a report entitled Parental Alienation Empirical Analysis: Child Best Interests or Parental Rights? The report is co-published by … Continue reading

MEDIA RELEASE: Preventing Domestic Violence – Traditional Courts: Square Peg, Round Hole

Martinson Jackson Media Release Preventing Domestic Violence

PUBLICATION: Family Violence and Evolving Judicial Roles (Martinson & Jackson, 2017)

Family Violence and Evolving Judicial Roles: Judges as Equality Guardians in Family Law Cases (Available via WestLaw, Heinonline, or LexusNexus) The Honourable Donna Martinson & Professor Emerita Margaret Jackson Published in the Canadian Journal of Family Law, Vol. 30, Issue 1 … Continue reading

REPORT: Risk of Future Harm – Final Research Report (FRENCH version)

Le risque du préjudice futur : La violence familiale et l’échange de renseignements entre les tribunaux de la famille et de juridiction criminelle The Honourable Donna Martinson & Dr. Margaret Jackson (Principal Investigator)

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