Family Law is the Most Significant Unmet Legal Need in BC
The amount of legal aid available for family law matters in BC has been drastically cut since 2002. Today legal aid representation in family law cases is only available where there is actual or threatened family violence, or to resolve the serious denial of access to children – even for people whose low income would otherwise make them eligible for assistance. Even when women do qualify for legal aid, they may not receive enough time with a lawyer to resolve all of their outstanding legal issues.
Women are often left to represent themselves when trying to resolve important issues related to their family, home, and financial security.
WHO WE HELP
The crisis in public legal services for family law in BC continues to have an especially heavy impact on women. Women are less likely than men to be able to afford a lawyer and more likely to have their safety at risk. A woman’s capacity to be independent often depends on her ability to resolve disputes over spousal support, child custody and property division. Access to justice is an issue that impacts women’s equality, and women’s safety.
HOW WE HELP
Our service model is intended to complement and work closely with existing community services – while also providing a service unlike any other in BC. We rely on donations to help us to continue to strengthen our services and facilitate access to justice for women.
We help in three ways:
Providing legal advice and representation to women who have no other means of getting legal help.
How to Donate
You can donate to Rise Women’s Legal Centre through West Coast LEAF’s Canada Helps Webpage.
To ensure that your donation is sent to Rise, please select “Rise Women’s Legal Centre” from the menu instead of “General Operating Fund.”
Donations can also be mailed to:
Rise Women’s Legal Centre
#201 – 456 West Broadway Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1R3
Our Current Funders
The Peter A. Allard School of Law is recognized as one of the leading law schools in Canada, and has a reputation worldwide for innovative research, inspiring teachers, and outstanding graduates. The law school is committed to preparing our students to become exceptional global citizens, to conducting leading-edge research that serves our community nationally and internationally, and to promoting the values of a just, civil and sustainable society.
The remainder of our core funding during our three year pilot is provided by an anonymous donor.
Rise offers our sincere gratitude to all who have supported our clinic, and would like to specifically acknowledge our Sustaining Circle. The following donors have pledged their support to Rise by committing to an ongoing annual contribution, which strengthens our financial foundation and helps to ensure Rise’s future:
Nancy Bradshaw and Robert Brown
The Honourable Kirsti Gill
Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP
The Honourable Donna Martinson
We also thank those generous Sustaining Circle supporters who have requested anonymity.
We have also been fortunate to receive generous contributions from dedicated members of the community, including financial donations, in-kind donations, and hundreds of volunteer hours. All contributions have played an important role in building a clinic and a community dedicated to ensuring women receive better access to justice.