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This 30-month National project, started in Fall 2023, funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada and led by Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, is a comprehensive initiative aimed at preventing and addressing the criminalization of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) survivors. The project focuses on scaling up promising practices and developing a policy paper to combat coercive control and litigation abuse experienced by GBV survivors.


Scaling Promising Practices

The project involves the identification and expansion of effective interventions and practices in addressing the criminalization of GBV survivors.

Policy Paper Development

A significant aspect of the project is the creation of a policy paper that will serve as a foundation for preventing and addressing the criminalization of GBV survivors. This document will likely encompass legal, social, and systemic considerations.

Bilingual Forums

Two bilingual forums will be hosted to facilitate open discussion and knowledge sharing. These forums aim to engage stakeholders, including legal experts, partners, service providers, and GBV survivors.

Regional Court Observation Sessions

Court observation sessions will be set up in key locations—Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, and the Greater Toronto Area. These sessions will employ a GBA+ (Gender-Based Analysis Plus) approach to test and adapt promising practices in diverse regional contexts.

Consultation with Stakeholders

The project emphasizes collaboration with legal experts, partners, service providers, and GBV survivors to gain insights into regional realities. This inclusive approach ensures that the project considers local adaptations and is sensitive to the unique needs of each community.

National Community Engagement Working Group (CEWG)

The establishment of a CEWG at the national level underscores the commitment to fostering access to justice for criminalized GBV survivors. This group will likely play a crucial role in shaping project strategies and outcomes.

Multilingual Fact Sheets

A series of fact sheets will be developed in multiple languages to inform and assist individuals navigating criminal charges related to GBV. These resources aim to empower survivors with knowledge and guidance.

Evaluation and Reporting

An evaluation report will be produced at the conclusion of the project, summarizing key findings and lessons learned. This evaluation will likely inform future initiatives and interventions in the field.

Knowledge Sharing and Training

The project’s commitment extends beyond its duration. The Clinic plans to share information and provide training, support, and implementation strategies. This ensures the replication or expansion of successful practices, contributing to sustained positive impact in the field.


In summary, Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic’s project is a multi-faceted effort to address the criminalization of GBV survivors through a combination of research, community engagement, policy development, and knowledge dissemination. The project’s inclusive and collaborative approach reflects a commitment to creating lasting change and supporting survivors throughout their journey to justice.

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