Family Justice Not Family Violence
Single Mothers’ Alliance et. al. v. The Province of British Columbia et. al.
In BC, legal aid services in family law are drastically underfunded, having been cut by 60% between 2002 and 2005. Family legal aid is now almost exclusively available to extremely low income people fleeing violent relationships; even then, there are highly restrictive caps on the hours of legal service provided. This leaves many British Columbians going through divorce and custody battles without a lawyer, even in situations of extreme family violence. Since women are statistically lower income earners and more likely to experience spousal violence than men, this reality leaves women and their children particularly vulnerable as they try to navigate the complex justice system without assistance.
On April 27, 2017 BCPIAC along with West Coast Leaf, and plaintiffs Single Mothers Alliance, Nicole Bell, and A.B. launched a constitutional challenge over the right to family law legal aid for women.
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