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Upcoming Speaking Events

Join the2015 Osgoode Speaker Series IWD Schlifer Schlifer Clinic at two upcoming speaking engagements to discuss the Clinic’s constitutional challenge to the repeal of the long gun registry and intervention in R. v. Quesnelle.

Friday February 27, 2015 at the David Asper Symposium at the University of Toronto, “Life, Liberty & Equality – Canadian Style: the Interplay of Section 7 and 15 of the Charter”. Download the full program.

Friday March 6, 2015 at the Institute of Feminist Legal Studies 2015 Winter Speaker Series at Osgoode Hall “Still Persons Test Case Litigating with the Schlifer Clinic”. Download the flyer.

Donate A Car Canada Now Accepts Vehicle Donations for the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic!

Donate A Car Canada accepts Vehicle Donations for Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. Donate A Car Canada will provide free towing in many areas across Canada, or you can drop off your vehicle to maximize your donation. When you Donate your RV, boat, motorcycle or other vehicle to Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic through Donate A Car Canada, it will either be recycled or sold at auction depending on its condition, age and location. Donate A Car Canada will look after all the details to make it easy. After your Vehicle Donation is complete, Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic will send you a tax receipt within 45 days!

Donate A Car Today!


The Schlifer Clinic Is Now Accepting Nominations For The 3rd Spirit Of Barbra Schlifer Award!

SpiritAwrdBanner31Launched May 2012, the Award will go to a woman who has made a demonstrable contribution to increasing women’s access to safety and justice.

Candidates are selected for

  • their commitment to helping abused women build lives free from violence
  • advocacy in the area of violence against women through their paid employment, community leadership or volunteer work

Anyone can nominate a candidate. The application deadline is March 2, 2015 by 5pm.

Download a Nomination Package

Read More About The Award

This year’s award will be presented at the 21st Annual Tribute Event on June 4, 2015 at the Daniels Spectrum.

Read About Past Spirit of Barbra Schlifer Award Winners

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Schlifer Holiday Hours

The Barbra Schlifer Clinic will be closed for the holidays starting Wednesday December 24, 2014 at 12pm up to and including January 4, 2015. We will re-open on Monday January 5, 2015 at 9am.

In case of an emergency please call 9-1-1 for the police, or the Assaulted Women’s Helpline at (416)863-0511 or toll free at 1(866)863-0511, or the Gerstein Centre at (416)929-5200.

We look forward to speaking with you in the New Year.

Don’t Miss The Opening Exhibition On December 11th Of “But Still, Like Dust, I’ll Rise”, By The #GardinerExpressiveArts Group

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An exhibition by the Gardiner Expressive Arts group

Friday December 12 – Wednesday December 17, 2014
Gardiner Museum
111 Queens Park

December 11, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 PM

 The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic and the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art are collaborating to raise awareness about violence against women as a critical community issue.  Together they invited a group of women who have experienced violence to participate in an expressive arts project where women create sculptures and install an art exhibition.

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Article: Will The Ghomeshi Case Have A Posititve Impact On The Law Enforcement System For Survivors Of Sexual Assault? Amanda Dale, Schlifer Clinic ED, Comments

Advocates For Sexual Assault Victims Encouraged By Ghomeshi Charges

By:  Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press

Published: November 27, 2014

“Amanda Dale, executive director of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic which supports women survivors of violence, says the legal deck is stacked in favour of the defendants in sexual assault cases.

The women who file complaints may approach police as victims of a crime, but are treated as mere witnesses to one once a trial gets under way.

Dale said defence lawyers typically make their cases by attacking the victim’s credibility, adding this approach is unique to sex-based charges.

“If I report a break-in at my house, they don’t ask me if my curtains were left open, if my stereo was too close to the window, if I enjoyed having my house broken into,” she said.

“That is how we approach the crime of sexual assault, and I cannot see…that anything is going to have changed by the time this comes to trial.”

Ellis concedes that it’s hard to obtain a sexual assault conviction, since defendants only need to establish reasonable doubt to walk free.

But she says any case that comes to trial should be viewed as a step forward and a chance to deepen public awareness around a complex subject.

Dale agrees, but hopes the high-profile nature of the Ghomeshi case won’t detract from the broader issues.

“It behooves us to look at the particularities of this scenario, learn from them, but not limit our learning to the facts of these particular cases.””

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