"The niche in social advocacy that we can build on here is huge."
Dean Christopher Edley, Immediate Past Dean, UC Berkeley School of Law
"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
"Such an important project that helps us look at longer term sustained change."
Attendee at California Partnership to End Domestic Violence Annual Conference
October 31, 2014
The Recorder reports on FVAP's major victory in the appellate courts (Fajota vs. Fajota)! This found that the trial court twice abused its discretion by awarding joint legal custody without applying Family Code section 3044’s presumption against granting custody to a parent who has abused the other parent in the past five years. The court decision addressed applying section 3044 even where a court determines not to grant a restraining order, and also in the dissolution case that followed. FVAP's appeal means this case will become binding legal precedent.
September 26, 2014
California Governor Jerry Brown signs AB 2089, a bill that amends several parts of the Domestic Violence Prevention Act to provide increased protections for survivors of DV. FVAP worked on the bill with numerous statewide partners for over a year.
September 25, 2014
Another Victory in Court! Second District Court of Appeal agrees that absence of abuse when restraining order was in place does not support denial of a renewed restraining order, and to obtain renewal, petitioner need not show fear of future physical abuse; fear of any abuse is sufficient. Read the opinion here.
September 11, 2014
FVAP Victory! First District Court of Appeal agrees that ex-boyfriend’s pattern of repeated emailing, texting, and calling ex-girlfriend, accusing her of serious criminal conduct and threatening to jeopardize her professional license and turn her into the police, was “abuse” under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act; even if successful, attacks on her credibility would not have changed outcome of restraining order being issued. Read the opinion here.
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