The Barbra Schlifer Clinic is a centre by, for and about women.

Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic offers legal services and representation, trauma-informed counselling and multilingual interpretation to diverse women who have experienced violence. We cultivate women’s skills and resilience by fostering their safety, dignity and equality and we amplify women’s voices to create individual and collective change.

The umbrella term “woman” recognizes that gender is self-identification that is not necessarily correspondent with assigned sex at birth. We recognize the complexity and diversity of gender and aim to be inclusive to people outside of and across the gender spectrum.


Through the building of local and global partnerships, we envision a world where women live free from violence. We are committed to working alongside communities to create autonomy and self-determination for women, informed by their diverse experiences, needs, and choices.

We Believe:
  1. Violence against women means any act of violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering that may include financial, structural, and institutional abuse to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life.
  2. Violence against women happens in all cultures. It is based on an abuse of power, results in inequality, and affects all relationships through the generations.
  3. Diverse women and men globally have worked and will continue to work together to stop gender-based violence. We recognize, honour, value and cultivate the work that has come before us in our commitment to finding sustainable solutions in the present.
We Value:

Anti-Oppression and Feminism

We are a trauma-informed, intersectional feminist organization. Our work is informed by diverse women’s movements and experiences and we support the struggles of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) and their achievements against oppression, colonialism, racism and other forms of discrimination.


Our work is rooted in compassion, viewing the world from multiple perspectives.


Our work is grounded in a reflective practice that continually examines power imbalances and builds our collective awareness and ability to work towards equitable responses and solutions.

Partnerships and Networks

We work in partnership with local, national and global movements to amplify diverse women’s voices against systemic and structural oppression.

Autonomy and Self-Determination

We respect and promote women’s autonomy to make the choices that are best for them as we support them in their journey to freedom from violence.

Strategic Priorities
  1. Deepen Our Service Impact: Inspiring Expertise In Action;
  2. Drive Systems Change: Advancing Rights for Women; and
  3. Develop Our Organizational Resilience: Building Leadership and Sustainability.