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Joanna Birenbaum To Speak At Schlifer Clinic’s 33rd AGM On Recent Supreme Court Decision Regarding Records In Sexual Assault Cases: Why The Schlifer Clinic Intervened & What The Decision Means

At this year’s Schlifer Clinic 33rd Annual General Meeting on October 2, 2014, the Schlifer Clinic will be joined by Joanna Birenbaum from Ursel, Phillips, Fellows, Hoskin LLP, and counsel to the Schlifer Clinic on the Quesnelle Supreme Court of Canada intervention to discuss sexual assault law in Canada and the importance of the Schlifer’s SCC intervention. The evening will include a discussion with active member participation facilitated by Executive Director, Amanda Dale.

Please R.S.V.P or find out more information, contact  Victoria Nhan by e-mail at

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Global News Article: Schlifer Clinic ED Amanda Dale Shares Insights On How Canada Can Better Address Gender-Based Violence

Global News Article: Why Canada still has a long way to go in tackling domestic abuse

By Anna Mehler Paperny

September 9, 2014

 “Amanda Dale was swamped on Monday, doing media interviews well into the evening.

She knows this is how the news cycle works.

And horrified as the public is at the video of football player Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee in an elevator, the executive director of the Barba Schlifer Commemorative Clinic  also knows that fixation tends to be fleeting.

Canada’s made “enormous progress” in the past 30 years when it comes to preventing, and punish perpetrators of, domestic violence, she says. But this pernicious form of abuse remains more common, and tougher to escape, than we’d like to think.

In 2010, victims of family violence made up a quarter of all victims of violent crime; half were spouses.

“My fear is that we have stalled at a level of basic awareness and lack of full coordination in response,” Dale said.

“There is, I think, a false confidence in Canada that we have the best system in the world and we’ve achieved as close to gender parity as we’re ever going to get. … We could do better.”

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Globe and Mail Article: Amanda Dale, Schlifer Clinic ED, Offers Insights On The #WhyIStayed Social Media Conversation And The Cycle Of Domestic Abuse

The Globe and Mail Article: #WhyIStayed: A simple hashtag reveals the complexities facing women who experience domestic violence

By: Zosia Bielski

Published: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

“Amanda Dale, executive director of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, a Toronto organization for women facing violence, says that “when women make choices about staying, it’s seldom done frivolously,” pointing out that these are often women in long-term committed relationships, with families.

“We want to make the abuser an uncomplicated villain. But the truth is that all abusers, someone loves them,” said Dale. “She wants him to stop abusing her. She doesn’t want him to go away, she wants him to change his behaviour. ”

Heavy emotional manipulation also happens in between abusive episodes: “I can assure you that in the cycle of what they’re going through he’s told her he will stop, probably many times,” says Dale. “The cycle can be long between an event and the next event. And the time between can feel really special. He can be telling her all kinds of things that she wants to hear and he may even mean them in the moment. But he hasn’t done anything to be accountable to that behaviour or grapple with it.”

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Join the Schlifer Clinic team!

If you are a counsellor who wants to engage in a self-reflective, ethical & collaborative practice that is non-judgmental, empathic and reflects the vision and mission statements of the Clinic, we have a new opportunity for you to join our team!

A permanent, fulltime Intake Counsellor position is currently available at the Clinic…

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Listen to Farrah Khan, Counsellor At The Barbra Schlifer Clinic, On Metro Morning Speaking Out On The Victim Blaming Of Janay Rice, The #WhyIStayed Conversation, And Respecting The Rights Of Survivors

This morning, Farrah Khan, counsellor and VAW advocate at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, was interviewed by on CBC Metro Morning on the Ray Rice assault case .

Farrah spoke out on the victim blaming and shaming of Janay Rice, the #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft conversations it sparked on Twitter, and respecting the rights of survivors:

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Ottawa Citizen OpEd: Today Marks 30 Years Since The Last Federal Leaders’ Debate on Women’s Issues – And It’s Time For Another One

Andrew: Time for another federal leaders’ debate on women’s issues

“Friday marks the 30th anniversary of the first — and only — leaders’ debate on women’s issues in a Canadian federal election campaign.

On Aug. 15, 1984, Brian Mulroney, Ed Broadbent and John Turner sat down together at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto to tell Canadians how their policies would impact women’s lives. As the chair of the political science department of the University of Ottawa at the time, I was invited to moderate the debate.

Looking back, I am proud to have been part of that important moment in Canadian history. I have seen a lot change for women over the last 30 years, but remarkably many of the issues the leaders debated then — including child care, pay equity, violence against women, and women’s role in global peace and security — continue to be just as pressing today as they were back in 1984.”

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