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
Join the movement to end domestic violence in California.
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.
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.
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
February 16, 2017
We're thrilled to welcome 3 new outstanding additions to the FVAP team! Cathy Ongiri and Anya Emerson join us as Staff Attorneys, and Meg Bay is our new Office Manager.
Read all about them here.
January 17, 2017
The MCLE deadline for California State Bar Compliance Group 3 (last names beginning with N-Z) has been extended to March 1, 2017 (formerly Feb. 1). FVAP now offers MCLE credit on a wide variety of videos through our on-demand Training Portal. Click here to register, and complete MCLE training on your own time.
January 9, 2017
Today we launched our new on-demand training portal, which features online training videos for attorneys and domestic violence advocates statewide. We created this training portal in response to a large number of requests for FVAP’s guidance in family law and appellate issues. Access is free for nonprofit and legal aid employees; members of CPEDV and LAAC; and private attorneys in representing abuse survivors pro bono. MCLE credit is available for California attorneys. Check it out here.
December 1, 2016
FVAP Executive Director Erin Smith, along with former law clerks Cory Hernandez and Helen Wang, wrote an article for the December 2016 edition of Family Law News, published by the State Bar of California. The article, “Recent Developments in California Domestic Violence Case Law,” describes particularly notable developments in the areas of domestic violence restraining order renewals, non-physical abuse being a recognized form of abuse, and a parent’s role in protecting children from abuse. Read it here.
November 16, 2016
FVAP successfully obtained publication today of a groundbreaking case, In re Marriage of Fregoso and Hernandez -- the first case in California to clarify that a restraining order can be issued even if the parties briefly reconciled following a temporary restraining order. The case also confirms that the testimony of one witness, even the person requesting the restraining order, is sufficient evidence to support issuing a Domestic Violence Restraining Order. Read more about the significance of this case
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