Laurence Lustman

Ms. Lustman is a lawyer with over 20 years of experience in the area of violence against women and criminal law. Ms. Lustman began her career as an Assistant Crown Attorney prosecuting a wide range of criminal offences, including domestic violence and sexual offences. She was responsible for the implementation and administration of the Early Intervention Domestic Violence Court (the first of its kind in Ontario) and the Coordinated Prosecution Domestic Violence Court at the North York, Ontario courthouse.

In 2008, Ms. Lustman obtained her Master of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School; her research examined the intersection of domestic violence and criminal law and explored the challenges of integrating the voices of victims into the criminal justice system.

Ms. Lustman’s next position was as Policy counsel on violence against women issues with the Policy Branch of the Criminal Law Division of the Ministry of the Attorney General. In that capacity she provided strategic and operational leadership on violence against women initiatives, programs, and policies for the prosecution service of Ontario.

She currently works as an independent consultant specializing in the area of policy development, domestic violence and criminal law and is a Community Research Associate with the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children at the University of Western Ontario.