In March 2011, the Ministry of the Attorney General introduced the Family Court Support Worker program to support victims of domestic violence as they go through the family court process.
The program is available to both male and female clients, who have experienced any type of abuse or violence in their relationship; are looking for information about Family Law issues; are about to start a Family Law proceeding, or are already involved in the Family Court system.
The Program offers:
- Support and advocacy in navigating the family court system.
- Information about family law procedures and processes.
- Assistance with recording the history of abuse for court.
- Safety planning, especially related to court appearances.
- Support with completion of paperwork and lawyer’s requests.
- Referrals and advocacy with community supports and services.
- Accompaniment to family court proceedings and lawyer appointments, where appropriate.
- Support for the client during or after a report is made to Police.
- Debriefing and discussing court outcomes, lawyer appointments, Family Law Information Centre meetings, consultations with duty counsel.
- Planning next steps.
- Providing information and support in accessing Legal Aid.
The Family Court Support Worker will provide assistance with Family Law matters such as custody, separation, support (spousal or child), divorce, division of property, restraining order.
HOW TO ACCESS THE PROGRAM
- Contact Kim B. at the Chatham Kent Women’s Centre by one of the following methods:
Phone: 519-351-9144, ext. 222
- Assistance can be offered over the phone or in person.
- Literature is also available.
- Services are available in both French and English.