Legal Pathways

If you are a woman looking to navigate the legal system in the NWT, this reference guide by YWCA Yellowknife is invaluable. Legal Pathways – Spousal Violence in the NWT: A Resource for Women by Author Lani Cooke explains the laws in place to protect you and your children. The links under this heading provides NWT women with available legal options. There's a PDF below, or if you want a hard copy, contact info@ywcanwt.ca

What is family violence?

  • When your intimate partner physically hurts you …
  • When you are frightened for your safety …
  • When you are frightened for the safety of your children
  • When your children are frightened for their safety …
  • When you or your children are sexually abused …
  • When you are forced into confinement or restricted from coming and going freely…
  • When you are harmed or frightened psychologically, emotionally, or financially …
  • When you are harassed through repeated hostility on the internet or with a cellphone…

This is family violence. There are many types of family violence including spousal/partner abuse, elder abuse, and child abuse; family violence also includes violence among brothers and sisters, uncles and aunties.

Legal Pathways
Written by Lani Cooke
Published by the YWCA Yellowknife, 2015.
Copyright © YWCA Yellowknife. The contents of this book may be reproduced with acknowledgement and distributed as long as no fee is charged.
ISBN 978-0-9940135-0-7

Acknowledgements

Funding for this book has been provided by The Northwest Territories Law Foundation and The Victims Assistance Fund, which is maintained through victim fine surcharges imposed by Judges on offenders.

YWCA Canada’s Building Service Capacity project conducted a four day legal training workshop for service providers in Yellowknife, February 2013 . This workshop was delivered by lawyers Joanna Birenbaum and Jeannette Savoie. The Department of Justice, GNWT publication, Family Law in the NWT, provided valuable information.
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Cover painting, First Canyon, by Tonya Matletzoff. © Tonya Matletzoff