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
"Such an important project that helps us look at longer-term, sustained change."
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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
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Nov. 15, 2017
We're happy to announce another legal victory in a landmark case, which will help countless abuse survivors across California get the protection they need. For the first time ever, a California court ruled that family courts can renew restraining orders issued by juvenile courts. And because the 2nd District Court of Appeal decided to publish its opinion in this case, it is now binding legal precedent for all trial courts statewide. Many thanks to our co-counsel on this case, Mayer Brown LLP. Click here for more.
October 30, 2017
Today the appellate court granted our publication request in the case of Hogue v. Hogue, making the decision binding legal precedent in trial courts statewide. The new published appellate opinion is now binding statewide legal precedent that can be cited in any CA trial court case where the abuse survivor wants to obtain a restraining order against someone who committed an act of domestic abuse from another state, (i.e. cyber harassment or electronic abuse) as long as the survivor was in California at the time of abuse. Many thanks to the 23 local, state, and national advocacy organizations and service providers who co-signed our publication request, and to our pro bono co-counsel Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP.
October 3, 2017
In the first-ever ruling of its kind in California, the Third District Court of Appeal ruled in favor of our client in Hogue v. Hogue, deciding that if an out-of-state person commits an act of domestic abuse against someone who is in California (i.e. via social media or electronic communications), California courts have jurisdiction to issue a restraining order against the out-of-state person. This is especially important in cases of online abuse or cyber harassment from current or former romantic partners, or any other relationship protected by CA domestic violence laws. Many thanks to our pro bono co-counsel, Kelly Dermody of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP. Read more here.
July 28, 2017
We’re very excited to announce our latest legal victory in an unprecedented case that will help countless immigrants and abused survivors across California. In the first ever ruling of this kind in California, Kumar v. Kumar ensures the rights of CA immigrants who are brought to the U.S. by a spouse or loved one who signs federal immigration Affidavit of Support, promising to financially support the new immigrant at slightly above poverty level for 10 years. This is a very important win for immigrants throughout California who may be unable to leave abusive relationships because they are trapped by their financial situation or limited income options. Read more here. Thanks to our co-counsel who worked on this case for over a year, Bay Area Legal Aid and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe; and to the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project and Crowell & Moring, who submitted an amicus brief.
July 14, 2017
Congratulations to 2017's Best Lawyer Band in LA, Papa Gibson & The Writs of Replevin of Gibson Dunn, who won FVAP's annual law firm battle-of-the-bands fundraiser last night in Los Angeles, Banding Together to End Domestic Violence. Click here to see the other winners. Thanks to everyone for Banding Together with us to help end domestic violence in California. You donated over $194,000 to this important cause -- rock on!
June 31, 2017
Along with co-counsel San Mateo Legal Aid, represented by pro bono counsel Joel Silver of Gilead Sciences, FVAP filed a writ to force the Superior Court to finally hear our client’s restraining order application. From Nov. 2016 to June 2017, the trial court repeatedly granted requests for continuances from the opposing party, continually delaying the hearing and keeping our client from being able to obtain a protective order. Yesterday (June 30), the 1st District Court of Appeal issued an “alternative writ,” ordering the Superior Court to either schedule the hearing about whether a continuance should be granted, or explain why such hearing should not be held, in which case a hearing on the writ would be scheduled at the Court of Appeal. This is a victory in the writ context! Update: The hearing about the request for a continuance went forward as required by law, and the court did not find good cause for another continuance. Ultimately, our client was granted the restraining order she deserved. More here.
June 30, 2017
In an article on PoliceOne.com, a retired Sacramento police officer discusses an important FVAP restraining order case, and the implications for California officers who encounter domestic violence. Read it here. Thanks to our co-counsel in this case, Bay Area Legal Aid and Folger Levin LLP.
March 14, 2017
The latest issue of Family Law News, a magazine published by the State Bar of California, prominently features an article by FVAP Legal Director Nancy K.D. Lemon and FVAP Director of Programs Jennafer Dorfman Wagner, "Family Violence Appellate Project Finds Many Family Law Judicial Officers Fail to Respond Appropriately in Domestic Violence Cases." Read it here.
March 3, 2017
The State Bar of California has included FVAP's 2016 Survey Report in its official packet of "Family Law Essentials" training materials, which will be presented to attorneys across the state during the Bar's 2017 Family Law Essentials program.
Our groundbreaking survey was the first of its kind to poll domestic violence service providers about the top legal challenges survivors face in civil courts in each region of California, and statewide. We are thrilled that family law attorneys across the state will be trained on these issues, and honored that our report could be used for this important program.
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