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About Bellehumeur Law

Committed to providing legal advice and services exclusively to survivors of sexual abuse as well as legal education and advocacy.

Karen Bellehumeur

About Bellehumeur Law

Committed to providing legal advice and services exclusively to survivors of sexual abuse as well as legal education and advocacy.

About Karen

Karen Bellehumeur is a sole practitioner serving clients throughout Ontario. She was an assistant crown attorney for 23 years specializing in cases involving vulnerable witnesses, many of which were sexual assault cases. She left the London Crown’s office to obtain her Master of Laws degree and then began private practice exclusively representing survivors of sexual violence.

She is a member of the panel of lawyers available through the Ontario Independent Legal Advice for Survivors of Sexual Assault Pilot Program. She is also a current member of the Anova board of directors and sits on the London VAW Community Advocacy Group reviewing London Police Service unfounded sexual assault cases. She is also regularly consulted as a case committee member of LEAF (Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund). Karen is also a co-founder of Elevation – Equality, Inclusivity, Empowerment Inc., an organization with a vision to raise the bar in youth sport through education and other initiatives including abuse prevention.

Karen Bellehumeur

Background

Karen graduated from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law and was called to the bar in 1991. She received her Master of Laws degree from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2015 and is now undertaking her PhD at Western University Faculty of Law.

As an assistant crown attorney for 23 years Karen prosecuted every kind of case but gravitated toward taking on cases involving vulnerable witnesses and children. These were often sexual assault cases. She was also part of the London Child Abuse Prevention Council for over ten years and was a member of the provincial Internet Child Exploitation Team and the Child Homicide Review team.

During her Master’s studies Karen focused on how the law deals with sexual violence in Canada and internationally. The inadequacy of those laws to deter sexual violence and their harmful impact on survivors sparked her ambition to find new approaches that are trauma-informed and survivor-centred. Her PhD studies are focused on this goal.

Karen now focuses on providing legal advice to survivors and helping clients with human rights claims for sexual assault and harassment.

In the Media

Karen has provided educational talks to many organizations over her career. More recently she has been a guest speaker for METRAC – Action on Violence at several events and participated in a webinar regarding Ontario’s ILA Pilot Program. She was also a guest speaker at the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Fall Conference 2017 on the topic of “Protecting Vulnerable Clients.”

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