WHEN LOVE HURTS: THE INTERSECTION OF FAMILY LAW AND SOCIAL WORK. HOW BOTH PROFESSIONALS CAN COLLABORATE BETTER TO SUPPORT CLIENTS (SESSION D)
The intersection of domestic violence and family law issues is pervasive and requires a multidisciplinary approach to help clients navigate the varying legal, mental health, and basic needs that arise from domestic violence. Frontline workers need to know how to communicate domestic violence concerns to the lawyers that are assisting the client, and how to effectively advocate access for legal assistance on behalf of the. It brings forth the question, how can social workers and lawyers collaborate together to address the diverse needs of the clients we serve? At the Edmonton Community Legal Centre, the Family Law Team uses a multidisciplinary team approach to ensure that clients experiencing domestic violence, especially court abuse, are provided with appropriate emotional support and community resources as well as productive legal advice. Family Lawyer Ashley Taunton and Family Law Client Liaison Keltie Winters will be discussing the model used at the Edmonton Community Legal Centre to provide comprehensive support to clients, the training required for lawyers to better advocate for victims and survivors of domestic violence, and tools social workers can used to better collaborate with lawyers. The purpose of this session is to provide practical tools and ideas for both legal and social work professionals on how they can work together as service support team for clients who have family violence concerns and are also embedded in the family legal system.