FVAP is the only nonprofit organization in California dedicated to appealing cases on behalf of domestic violence survivors and their children, for free. 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
June 13, 2016
FVAP is excited to announce a new incubation project! This Fall, we will be incubating a dynamic team from Indiana Tech Law School who are determined to start a statewide domestic violence appellate program like FVAP in Indiana. We will mentor the team as they get off the ground and will jointly produce a Toolkit to help other dedicated advocates start appellate projects across the country. Survivors of abuse in every state deserve a second chance at justice.
June 9, 2016
Victory! We are thrilled to announce our latest legal victory in an appeal! The Court of Appeal agreed with us 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.
April 18, 2016
We are very proud to announce our newest Advisory Board member Mieko Failey, of the Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Legal Services Department. Read her bio here.
January 29, 2016
The California Supreme Court has decided to review the case of Jameson v. Desta following FVAP’s submission of an amicus letter, co-signed by 15 other legal aid and domestic violence organizations, urging the court to take this case. Jameson v. Desta addresses the problems that arise when there is no verbatim court record of a trial. In cases involving domestic abuse survivors, this lack of records makes it very difficult for survivors to appeal court decisions that put them and their children in danger of ongoing abuse. The CA Supreme Court receives thousands of petitions for case review every year and grants fewer than 5% of them, so we’re pleased that the Court accepted this case.
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