FVAP is the only nonprofit organization in California dedicated to helping domestic violence survivors and their children by appealing dangerous trial court decisions on their behalf, for free. Click here to learn more.
"Such an important project that helps us look at longer-term, sustained change."
California Partnership to End Domestic Violence Annual Conference Attendee
"If FVAP had existed when I was a child and my mom had been able to appeal our case, my brothers and I could have been spared years of abuse."
Childhood domestic violence survivor
"Just knowing that we have someone to call when our clients are in this desperate situation is incredible. Before, we could not do anything."
Erin Scott, Family Violence Law Center, Oakland
FVAP's landmark statewide survey of CA domestic violence service providers reveals the top legal problems facing survivors in civil courts across California, as well as the worst problems facing survivors in each region of the state.
Click here to view the full survey report.
"This report is so fabulous, and exactly the kind of work that FVAP is uniquely poised to do." - Minouche Kandel, Women’s Policy Director, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women
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When those in power try to silence, discredit, and victim-blame survivors of violence and abuse, FVAP is there to level the playing field. Support FVAP, and you empower California abuse survivors to get the safety and justice they deserve.
July 28, 2017
We’re very excited to announce our latest legal victory in an unprecedented case that will help countless immigrants and abused survivors across California. In the first ever ruling of this kind in California, Kumar v. Kumar ensures the rights of CA immigrants who are brought to the U.S. by a spouse or loved one who signs federal immigration Affidavit of Support, promising to financially support the new immigrant at slightly above poverty level for 10 years. This is a very important win for immigrants throughout California who may be unable to leave abusive relationships because they are trapped by their financial situation or limited income options. Read more here. Thanks to our co-counsel who worked on this case for over a year, Bay Area Legal Aid and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe; and to the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project and Crowell & Moring, who submitted an amicus brief.
July 14, 2017
Congratulations to 2017's Best Lawyer Band in LA, Papa Gibson & The Writs of Replevin of Gibson Dunn, who won FVAP's annual law firm battle-of-the-bands fundraiser last night in Los Angeles, Banding Together to End Domestic Violence. Click here to see the other winners. Thanks to everyone for Banding Together with us to help end domestic violence in California. You donated over $194,000 to this important cause -- rock on!
June 30, 2017
In an article on PoliceOne.com, a retired Sacramento police officer discusses an important FVAP restraining order case, and the implications for California officers who encounter domestic violence. Read it here. Thanks to our co-counsel in this case, Bay Area Legal Aid and Folger Levin LLP.
June 15, 2017
Congratulations to the new Best Lawyer Band in The Bay 2017: The R-23s of Lieff Cabraser The R-23s won FVAP's 5th annual law firm battle-of-the-bands fundraiser last night in San Francisco, Banding Together to End Domestic Violence. Click here to read more.
March 23, 2017
FVAP is mentioned in today's Mercury News, in the column "Why California should boost legal aid funding," co-authored by Legal Aid Association of California Executive Director Salena Copeland and California State Senator Bob Wieckowski. The article highlights FVAP's legacy of setting binding legal precedent through published opinions that have helped thousands of domestic violence survivors statewide, and recognizes the dire importance of California's legal aid nonprofits.
March 14, 2017
The latest issue of Family Law News, a magazine published by the State Bar of California, prominently features an article by FVAP Legal Director Nancy K.D. Lemon and FVAP Director of Programs Jennafer Dorfman Wagner, "Family Violence Appellate Project Finds Many Family Law Judicial Officers Fail to Respond Appropriately in Domestic Violence Cases." Read it here.
March 3, 2017
The State Bar of California has included FVAP's 2016 Survey Report in its official packet of "Family Law Essentials" training materials, which will be presented to attorneys across the state during the Bar's 2017 Family Law Essentials program.
Our groundbreaking survey was the first of its kind to poll domestic violence service providers about the top legal challenges survivors face in civil courts in each region of California, and statewide. We are thrilled that family law attorneys across the state will be trained on these issues, and honored that our report could be used for this important program.
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