Its My Choice

Providing survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence with independent legal advice and independent legal representation. 

Project Overview

In 2016, the Clinic became the only onsite, feminist location to provide independent legal advice (ILA) to survivors of sexual assault as part of the Ministry of the Attorney General’s pilot project. With funding from the Department of Justice, It’s My Choice builds on this well-established framework to provide both ILA and independent legal representation (ILR) to survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence.

The Clinic sees partnerships with partners, membership-based organizations and community organizations where survivors are most comfortable and first disclose their experiences as an underlying priority to establishing and maintaining a provincial network of sites that can respond to survivor needs and support the project’s goal to build capacity and effect systemic change.

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Increase access to justice

It’s My Choice will increase access to justice by providing fully integrated trauma-informed independent legal advice and independent legal representation to women and gender-diverse people who have experience sexual assault and/or intimate partner violence (IPV).

  • For sexual assault survivors, this includes criminal and non-criminal options,
  • For survivors of  IPV, this includes family law, immigration law, and intersections with criminal law.

Increase access to specialized services

It’s My Choice will reach survivors in the GTA and around the province.

In partnership with community organizations across the province, sexual assault and intimate partner survivors will have the option access to specialized trauma informed ILA and ILR services remotely, at satellite or “pop-up” clinics, and onsite at the Schlifer Clinic.

Increase capacity for ILA and ILR

It’s My Choice will increase capacity for ILA and ILR by designing and delivering public legal education on feminist, trauma-informed legal training and risk assessment to members of the general public, lawyers and court support workers across Ontario.

Contact Us

For more information on the project, to become invovled as a community-based organization already offering SA and IPV services to survivors, or as survivor who needs support, please contact us at [email protected]liferclinic.com

It’s My Choice is funded by:

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We need your support

To continue providing the breadth of services to our clients and doing the important advocacy work, we need your support.  

Please join us on our mission.