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.
"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
"The niche in social advocacy that we can build on here is huge."
Dean Christopher Edley, Immediate Past Dean, UC Berkeley School of Law
"Such an important project that helps us look at longer term sustained change."
California Partnership to End Domestic Violence Annual Conference Attendee
October 12, 2016
Today FVAP published the results of our landmark statewide survey of California domestic violence service providers, which was conducted earlier this year to identify the top legal challenges DV survivors face in California courts. Read the survey here. Based on survey responses from 100+ California domestic violence attorneys and advocates, we have been able to identify the top legal challenges survivors face in civil courts statewide, as well as the top challenges faced by survivors in different regions of the state.
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August 26, 2016
We are proud to announce success in an important domestic violence custody case. In Celia S. v. Hugo H., our client’s abuser was granted 50% timeshare of their children after years of abusive behavior. The trial court circumvented California’s presumption against awarding joint custody to an abuser by calling this arrangement “sole custody” to our client, with “visitation” to the abuser. Today, the Court of Appeal held that a 50/50 timeshare order is necessarily a joint custody order, and the trial court's decision was therefore a subversion of California law that is meant to protect children from abuse. Thanks to co-counsel Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
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August 23, 2016
FVAP’s latest published case is crucial for California abuse survivors who seek the protection of a restraining order against their abuser, even if the relationship in question does not quite fit traditional, narrow definitions of a “dating relationship.” 21 legal aid and domestic violence agencies joined FVAP is requesting the publication of Phillips v Campbell, an appellate case addressing what constitutes a dating relationship under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act. This case is particularly important because modern dating relationships in the Internet Age often do not fit within strict parameters of traditional definitions of "dating"; yet all domestic abuse survivors should be able to seek protection under the DVPA. Read more here.
August 11, 2016
Our request for publication was granted today in a case that will help abuse survivors throughout California by setting new, life-saving legal precedent. Ellis v. Lyons is the first California case to clarify that an out-of-state court’s finding of domestic violence triggers California’s presumption against granting sole or joint custody to an abuser. Thanks to our 14 co-signers for supporting the publication of this crucial case. Read more here.
July 15, 2016
Thanks to everyone who helped make Banding Together to End Domestic Violence 2016 a big success! Our annual battle-of-the-bands fundraisers in San Francisco and Los Angeles raised $175,000 to help end domestic violence California. Congrats to the winning bands: San Francisco's new champions, The Combinations (from Morgan Lewis) and L.A.'s beloved Papa Gibson & The Writs of Replevin (from Gibson Dunn). Thanks to our event sponsors, the bands, volunteers, donors, and attendees!
June 9, 2016
Victory! We are thrilled to announce our latest legal victory in an appeal! The Court of Appeal agreed with FVAP that the trial court made 3 separate errors in denying our client a renewed restraining order. The decision is extremely important for holding that child abuse should be considered when renewing restraining orders because it disturbs the peace of the non-abusive parent, causing fear for the children's and the parent's safety. The concurring opinion does an excellent job summarizing copious social science literature on the overlap between child abuse and intimate partner abuse. Thanks to trial counsel Bay Area Legal Aid, as well as Folger Levin LLP, for co-counseling this case! Read the opinion here.
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