Episode 1: Changes to the Divorce Act What do judges and lawyers working in Family Law need to know about Coercive Controlling Violence? The Divorce Act has changed as of March 2021. Do you know what the changes are and how they will impact people with lived experience of domestic violence? Experts in the field discuss key themes that have been missing from the conversation. This episode is presented by Dunphy Best Blocksom LLP. Resources & FAQs: download here. Moderator: Jennifer Koshan Panelists: Angela Rooks-Trotzuk and Sandy Vander Ziel Jennifer Koshan is a Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Calgary. Her research and teaching focus on equality, human rights, and legal responses to interpersonal violence. She is Primary Investigator on a cross-Canada research project on domestic violence and access to justice funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Law Foundation of Ontario’s Access to Justice Fund. She was also a witness before the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights hearings on Coercive Controlling Violence, focusing on the importance of avoiding adverse consequences for survivors and members of marginalized groups if coercive control is criminalized. Twitter: @JenniferKoshan Angela Rooks-Trotzuk is the CEO of the Lloydminster Interval Home Society, which is an ever evolving and passionate organization dedicated to developing life-times of well-being and healthy relationships for all. Through her leadership in providing crisis response and support, psycho-social education, advocacy, strategic organizational change, and community development she has worked to support and to advocate for women and children impacted by the devastating impact of violence for over 20 years. Her current work is focused on organizational and community development in response to gender based violence to ensure that communities are educated, equipped and responsive to the impacts of violence. The former Chair of The Sonshine Centre in Calgary, Sandy Vander Ziel is also an award-winning family lawyer. She has extensive volunteer experience both with community organizations and within the legal community. Witnessing the lasting impact of domestic violence upon children, she is a passionate advocate for building greater public awareness and education. Sandy is a Board Delegate for the Census Metropolitan Areas of Calgary and Edmonton on the ACWS Board. Episode 2: Clare’s Law Coming Soon “The right to ask and the right to know are important preventative measures that will help keep vulnerable Albertans safer,” said Premier Jason Kenney as Clare’s Law came into effect in Alberta in April of 2021. Six months have passed since the legislation came into effect, but many questions remain to be answered in terms of how it is administered and implemented. What are the risks and responsibilities involved with a disclosure under Clare’s Law? What role should the police play in the process? What expertise can shelters provide to help keep women safe? Experts in the field will discuss these questions and more.