The Barbra Schlifer Clinic offers legal representation, professional counselling and multilingual interpretation to women who have experienced abuse.

Our diverse, skilled, and compassionate staff accompany women through personal and practical transformation, helping to build lives free from violence. We are a centre by, for and about women. 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.


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Our Impact: 2017-2018

Women experienced less isolation, more stability and expanded personal agency within relationships.

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Annual Award

Since 2012, the Spirit of Barbra Schlifer Award has recognized a woman who makes a demonstrable contribution to improving the lives of women wanting to build lives free from violence.

Annual Tribute

Join us for the Annual Tribute fundraiser and Award night in honour of Barbra Teena Schlifer, a promising young lawyer who was sexually assaulted and murdered in Toronto the same night of her call to the bar in 1980. The Schlifer Clinic commemorates Barbra’s memory by assisting more than 7,000 women survivors of violence each year.

Host an Event

Turn an enjoyable social gathering into a fundraiser for a great cause. Organize an event, such as a dinner or a walk, and name the Schlifer Clinic as your charity of choice.

Student Placements

At the Clinic we believe in helping students develop professional skills and knowledge through practical work experience.
We greatly appreciate the contribution that students and their supervisors make.


Become a volunteer today. Volunteers are essential to the services and programs the Schlifer Clinic is able to provide each and every day.The commitment and energy of our volunteers directly reflect their determination to help women build lives free of violence.

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We envision a world where all women live free from violence.

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