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Registration Open for Domestic Violence Training for Family Lawyers, Presented by LESA and ACWS

November 29, 2021

EDMONTON, ALBERTA — The Legal Education Society of Alberta (LESA) and The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS) are pleased to announce a collaboration to provide domestic violence training to legal professionals. Understanding Domestic Violence and Coercive Control for Family Lawyers is a one-day training event that will take place on January 27, 2022 at LESA’s Program Space in Edmonton, as well as via livestream for virtual attendance.  

Using the foundation of the Duluth Model of Power and Control, which is a visual representation of the most common abusive behaviours that are experienced in some combination by most women in coercive controlling relationships, participants will learn about the tactics used by those who cause harm. The dynamic of coercive control will be examined in alignment with the definition of family violence in the Divorce Act. 

Topics of focus for the training will include: 

  • Understanding coercive controlling violence  
  • How and why violence is minimized and/or denied 
  • Practical skills for starting the conversation 
  • Understanding the Danger Assessment tool
  • Shelter services and supports and how shelters can help legal professionals 
  • The effects of domestic violence on children 
  • Domestic violence and your workplace 

Understanding coercive control and common abusive behaviours is important for all family lawyers. LESA is pleased to offer this program in collaboration with the ACWS to bring awareness and understanding to the dynamic of coercive control, to train lawyers on how to navigate and best serve their clients in family matters involving domestic violence,” said Christine Sanderman, Executive Director of LESA. 

“ACWS is driven by the belief that the issues of violence and abuse are the responsibilities of the entire community including legal, social, and political structures. Systemic change requires education at many levels, and we are pleased to be presenting training for lawyers to further this goal. Our training has been developed with the expertise of shelters, who have decades of experience in understanding the dynamics of coercive control and its impact on families,” said Jan Reimer, Executive Director of ACWS. 

Registration is now open on the LESA website.   


For further information or to arrange for an interview, please contact: 

Olivia Street, Coordinator of Communications and Social Advocacy