The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic is a specialized clinic for women experiencing violence, established in the memory of Barbra Schlifer – an idealistic young lawyer whose life was cut short by violence on the night of her call to the bar of Ontario on April 11, 1980. In her memory, the Clinic assists approximately 4,000 women a year to build lives free from violence through counselling, legal representation and language interpretation. We amplify women’s voices, and cultivate their skills and resilience. Together with our donors and volunteers, we are active in changing the conditions that threaten women’s safety, dignity and equality.
Women in every culture have ways of working together to stop violence. We honour these strengths.
Since it was founded in 1985, the Clinic has assisted more than 67,000 women. In 2018 alone, the Clinic provided vital resources to 7,000 women in need of our support:
- 2,171 women got the support of a professional Clinic counsellor, helping them to heal from the impact of violence;
- 2,293 women received access to their legal rights through a Clinic lawyer; and
- 2,474 women were provided with a Clinic-trained language interpreter so that they could ensure their experience was accurately understood.
The Clinic Offers
- Legal help in family, immigration, criminal and sexual assault law;
- Therapeutic counselling, information and support through group-based and individual counselling programs from compassionate and skilled counselors, employing diverse and culturally appropriate methodologies; and
- Multi-lingual interpretation and translation including over-the-phone interpretation (access to an interpreter in less than 60-seconds) and video remote interpreting through a Deaf interpreter.
We advocate for law reform and social changes that benefit women. We also provide professional development opportunities for service providers.