Creating safety in a broken system

Recorded on October 26, 2022


[1:37:44] This webinar discusses legal system abuse by describing the ways abusers use coercive control through the family court process. The speakers also go through ways to address legal system abuse and support clients to prepare for court.


Presentation materials (PDF download)


0:00 Introductions

04:10 Coercive control and litigation abuse

10:30 Creating safety in the courthouse

26:10 Financial abuse

34:24 Frivolous/vexatious claims

39:43 Ignoring court orders

42:25 Remedies for litigation abuse

52:30 Q&A



Haley Hrymak, Rise Women’s Legal Centre

Vicky Law, Rise Women’s Legal Centre


Rise Women’s Legal Centre:


Additional resources:

"Mothers leaving abusive partner" guide -



Legal Aid BC:    

Family Law in BC:

Aboriginal Legal Aid in BC:  








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