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Living Artfully Beyond Trauma: 12-week Open Art Therapy Group for Women Survivors of Abuse

Rflyeregistration is now open for Living Artfully Beyond Trauma: a 12-week open art therapy group for women survivors of abuse. No previous group experience is required. Discover strategies to take better care of yourself using your creativity. Learn different ways of coping with stress. Find ways to create safety in your present circumstances. Decrease your isolation by sharing common experiences with others. Share and learn from other women in a relaxed atmosphere and receive information about other forms of support as well as community resources.


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Group Details

  • Tokens are available to those in need.
  • Limited childcare is available upon request.
  • Language, ASL or Deaf interpretation is offered but must be booked in advance.
  • A light snack will be served.
  • For more information or to register, please call us at 416-323-9149 ext. 234 or email us at

Check Out The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic’s 2013-2014 Annual Report!

“This year, with the support of the JW McConnell Family Foundation and the PwC Canada Foundation, the Clinic embarked on a refinement of our outcome statements, making
clear to all the difference we make in the lives of those who come to us. Each of the elements of our pledge to women and donors will be subject to measurement in the coming years. This is called a “theory of change”, meaning a pledge to what change we intend to make in the lives of our clients.”


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Toronto Star Print Article: Amanda Dale Speaks On The Case Of Two Toronto-Area Doctors Being Acquitted Of Gang Sex Assault Charges

Doctors Acquitted of Gang Sex Assault Charges

By: Alyshah Hasham

Published On: Thursday, September 25, 2014

“The test for taking away someone’s liberty is understandably very high,” says Amanda Dale of the Barbra Schlifer Clinic, which specializes in assisting women experiencing violence. “But what about the liberty that the woman has lost from having her sexuality stolen, having her sleep disturbed for the rest of her life, her faith in the justice system shattered her liberty is worth considering as well.”

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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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