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
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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.
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.
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"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
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.
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
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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