METRAC

http://www.metrac.org

METRAC (The Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children) is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that prevents violence against women and youth. It provides:

  • easy-to-understand, multilingual information about violence, safety, and the law's impact on women and youth experiencing violence
  • legal information training for women and service providers
  • violence prevention workshops and training for youth, educators, and youth workers
  • training for groups and service providers on Safety Audits and community safety issues

Through innovative public education, legal information, youth engagement, safety initiatives, research, policy work, and partnerships, METRAC seeks to build safety, justice, and equity for all women and youth.

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Resources produced by METRAC

Webinars produced by METRAC


Property Rights and Obligations of Married and Co-habiting Partners (Updated March 2013)

Recorded on March 6, 2013  - This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series looks at the Ontario rules for division of family property, for married and co-habiting couples following relationship breakdown. Topics include the equalization payment, the matrimonial home, and issues for surviving spouses.

Immigration Status and Relationship Breakdown: What Women Should Know

Recorded on May 29, 2017 - This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series discusses the different types of immigration status for non-citizen women in Canada and how status may be affected by their partner and the breakdown of their relationship.

Older Women and Domestic Violence

Recorded on March 23, 2018 (1 hour and 23 minutes) - This webinar is presented by Tamar Witelson, Legal Director at METRAC and Rochella Vassell from Elder Abuse Ontario, as part of the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) project and hosted by CLEO.

Conflict, Court, or Another Way? Different Ways of Resolving a Family Dispute

Recorded on November 22, 2012 - This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series looks at a variety of ways to settle issues about children, property, and support, when a woman ends the relationship with her partner. What are the pros and cons of mediation, arbitration, and court, especially when there is or was abuse in the family?

The Crisis of Aboriginal Women Entangled in the Criminal Law

Recorded on October 31, 2012 (72 minutes) - This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series looks at the high and increasing rate of Aboriginal women in prison, some root causes, and best practices for supporting Aboriginal women involved in the criminal law process.

Separation Agreements: A Plan to Move On After Separation

Recorded on March 7, 2014 - This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series takes a look at what a Separation Agreement is, what makes it legal, what it can and should include, and how it can help a woman structure money, child custody, and visitation issues with an ex-partner.

The New Basis of Claim Form (BOC) for Refugee Claims

Recorded on March 28, 2013 - In the wake of recent changes to the refugee determination process, this webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series looks at the first step in making a refugee claim, the new Basis of Claim (BOC) form, introduced in December 2012.  METRAC’s Legal Director Tamar Witelson is joined by lawyer and former Immigration and Refugee Board adjudicator Su

Partner Abuse: How Can a Restraining Order Help?

Recorded on April 30, 2019 - Review or refresh what you know about Restraining Orders: when you can get one for a family abuse or violence situation in Ontario, and how they are similar and different from Peace Bonds.  This webinar is part of the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series, co-presented by METRAC’s Legal Director, Tamar Witelson, and family law lawyer Malerie Rose of Rose

Immigration, Women and Violence: Making a Claim on Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds

METRAC (The Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children) is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that prevents violence against women and youth. It provides: easy-to-understand, multilingual information about violence, safety, and the law's impact on women and youth experiencing violence legal information training for women and service providers violence prevention workshops and training for […]

How Survivors Of Partner Violence Can Work With Their Family Lawyer: what to ask for and what to expect

Recorded on March 11, 2019 - How can a survivor of intimate partner violence make the most of the working relationship with their lawyer in a family law case? How can misunderstanding and further trauma be avoided?

Parental Alienation, Family Law, and Mothers: a discussion

Recorded on March 12, 2018 (1 hour and 15 minutes) - In this webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series, METRAC's Legal Director, Tamar Witelson, and family law lawyer, Malerie Rose from Rose Family Law, discuss how the term “Parental Alienation" has come up in Ontario family courts, and some issues mothers in child custody disputes should be aware of.

Money, Abuse and Safety: Tips for Women

Recorded on February 21, 2018 (1 hour and 21 minutes) - This webinar is a discussion about money, partner abuse, and safety. The webinar provides tips for women to get control of their budget, and about what money matters to look out for that could be part of an abusive relationship.

Legal Advice for Survivors of Sexual Assault: Ontario's ILA Pilot Program

Recorded on May 25, 2017 - This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series reviews the pilot program that provides free independent legal advice (ILA), for survivors of recent and older cases of sexual assault.  This webinar covers who can get free legal advice and what questions a lawyer can help with.

Victim Impact Statements: A role in the justice system for women survivors of domestic and sexual assault

Recorded on April 6, 2016 - Crime victims have the right to be involved in the sentence that is imposed on the offender whose crime affected their life. When does a woman survivor of sexual assault or intimate partner violence get to prepare a Victim Impact Statement? What can she say in it? And who can help her prepare it?

The Partner Assault Response Program (PAR): A Part of the Domestic Violence Court System

Recorded on March 8, 2016 - If you or your partner has been charged with domestic assault, there is a good chance that the resolution will involve the accused person attending the Partner Assault Response Program (PAR). What is it? What does it involve? How can it help women who have been assaulted by their partners?

Protecting Women's Rights to the Family Home on Reserves: Important Changes for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Women

Recorded on March 23, 2015  - There are recent changes to the law with the goal of providing better safety, and access to the family home, for women and children living on First Nations reserves.  Both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women have new property rights on reserve when their relationship breaks down.

Your Day in Family Court: How to prepare and what to expect

Recorded on November 12, 2013 - This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series takes a look at the Family Court process, and reviews which court to go to depending on your family law issue, some common court terms, the steps leading up to trial, and how to work with your lawyer outside and inside the courtroom.

Looking for a Family Law Lawyer

Recorded on February 23, 2012  - This webinar is designed for community workers and advocates who support women in finding a family law lawyer. It is a discussion about where to look for a family law lawyer, how to choose and work with one, and some options for clients who aren't satisfied.

Staying Home Safely After Abuse: Court Orders That Can Help

Recorded on August 22, 2016 - In this webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series, METRAC's Legal Director, Tamar Witelson, and family law lawyer, Glenda Perry, discuss different kinds of family and criminal court orders that can help a woman force an abusive partner to leave her home and stay away.

Spousal Support Basics and Partner Abuse

Recorded on March 24, 2014. - This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series looks at who can get spousal support, what factors affect the amount of payments, and for how long. It looks at how domestic abuse or violence, during or after the relationship, can affect spousal support payments and gives some ideas on how to ensure fairness and safety.

How and When to Prove Abuse in Family Court

Recorded on October 12, 2016  - If you are a woman who has experienced abuse in your relationship, and you and your partner are going to Family Court, it can be important to tell the Court about the abuse. This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series discusses ways of trying to prove abuse in your case, and when it can affect the Court's decision.

Property Rights and Obligations of Married and Co-habiting Partners

METRAC (The Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children) is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that prevents violence against women and youth. It provides: easy-to-understand, multilingual information about violence, safety, and the law's impact on women and youth experiencing violence legal information training for women and service providers violence prevention workshops and training for […]

Financial Support After Breakup: What Women Should Know about Spousal and Child Support

Recorded on July 5, 2012 (103 minutes) - This webinar covers basics about who is entitled to support for themselves and their children after a relationship breaks down, how amounts are calculated, and how to start the process.

Child Support: Dealing with a Difficult Ex-partner

February 28, 2014 - One of the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series, this webinar reviews the basics of child support, then looks at common challenges and tips when dealing with a difficult or abusive ex-partner. METRAC's Legal Director, Tamar Witelson, is joined by Charley Levitan, a family law lawyer at the law firm Torkin Manes.

Child Custody and Access: Ideas for Single Mothers

Recorded on June 16, 2016 - This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series reviews basics about child custody and access, and discusses ideas for mothers about the rights and responsibilities of raising children after the relationship between parents ends. METRAC's Legal Director, Tamar Witelson, is joined by family law lawyer, Charley Levitan.

When the Children's Aid Society Gets Involved: What Can a Child/Youth Expect?

September 23, 2013 at 12:00 E.S.T. - This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series is the first of two discussions about the Children's Aid Society geared toward the rights of young women. This webinar looks at the child protection process, focussing on youth rights and realities when they are the person that the CAS is concerned may be in need of protection.

After Bill S-7: Women and New Laws Affecting Marriage

Recorded on January 29, 2016  - Bill S-7, the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act was passed last year. It makes changes to law affecting forced and underage marriage, and may have immigration effects for women in polygamous relationships.

Considering Young Aboriginal Women, Family and Legal Issues

Recorded on November 4, 2013 - This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series looks at the family and social context of young  Aboriginal women, and some legal considerations to help the social service providers they may work with.

Malicious misrepresentation

METRAC (The Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children) is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that prevents violence against women and youth. It provides: easy-to-understand, multilingual information about violence, safety, and the law's impact on women and youth experiencing violence legal information training for women and service providers violence prevention workshops and training for […]

Dealing with the Children's Aid Society: what parents should know

METRAC (The Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children) is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that prevents violence against women and youth. It provides: easy-to-understand, multilingual information about violence, safety, and the law's impact on women and youth experiencing violence legal information training for women and service providers violence prevention workshops and training for […]