Past Projects

The Schlifer Clinic is a leader in the violence against women and gender diverse people services field. We are active in a  number of projects and programs geared toward providing survivors of gender-based violence with the services they need to access the justice system while taking into consideration the complex lived realities of survivors and current understandings of gender-based violence (GBV).

Risk Assessment Project

The Risk Assessment Project was funded by The Law Foundation of Ontario, and takes into account the complex lived realities of survivors and current understandings of gender-based violence (GBV).

Here, you will find a User Guide, RIA Tool and the final report project. We recommend you read the User Guide before and in tandem with the RIA Tool.

If you have any questions regarding the tool or our findings, please contact us.

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RIA User Guide

The user guide outlines important information pertaining to the value of risk assessment, intimate partner violence and the family courts.

This document should be read before and used in tandem with RIA Assessment Tool.

Risk Assessment Tool

The RIA tool is divided into three progressive parts: RIA I, RIA II and RIA III.

Reference the user guide while using the RIA tool. 

Risk Assessment Final Report

The Final Report offers a compilation of background research and data collected for the purpose of designing the Intimate Partner Violence Risk Assessment Tool. We are grateful to The Law Foundation of Ontario for their financial support of this project.

Not Okay

Not Okay built on the independent legal advice (ILA) pilot project and worked in partnership with Sexual  Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre at Women’s College Hospital, and Aboriginal Legal Services to provide women and gender diverse people from underserved communities who experienced sexual assault with the services needed at familiar and frequently accessed locations.

Out of that project came a series of flyers that share information on what a survivor might need to know regaring sexual assault or harassment. The information contained within the flyers does not constitute legal advice.  If you have experienced sexual assualt or harassment, contact us

Role of the Survivor

After reporting to the police, the survivor does not have a decision-making role in the criminal process as it moves forward.

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Obligations of Colleges & Universities

According to Ontario’s Regulation on Sexual Violence at Colleges and Universities, all colleges and universities are required to appropriately accommodate their students who have been affected by sexual violence.

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Reporting to a Professional Regulatory Body

If the person who assaulted you, or behaved inappropriately in a sexual way, belongs to a regulated profession (e.g., doctor, nurse, lawyer, teacher, massage therapist, chiropractor, social worker, psychologist or engineer), you can complain to the regulatory body that oversees and governs the ethical and professional conduct of individuals in that profession.

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Bringing a Civil Lawsuit

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Luke’s Place

A Luke’s Place project ran from April 2016 to January 2017, and provided women and gender diverse people who experienced abuse and were involved in family court in Ontario with free summary legal advice through web-based video conference consultations with pro bono lawyers. Read More

Justice Done

Justice Done In 2011, the Barbra Schlifer Clinic held a provincial forum with advocates and legal professionals working in the area of violence against women and gender diverse people. The resulting report went out to the community and funders with practical suggestions and interesting project ideas.


Read the reports:

Justice Done: Crafting Opportunity from Adversity;  Se render justice: des solutions en dépit de l’adversité

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