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
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.
January 27, 2016
Today Bloomberg BNA published an article about an international child abduction case, Noergaard v. Noergaard, in which FVAP submitted a friend-of-the-court brief, presented oral argument, and obtained publication. The article quotes FVAP Advisory Board member Sudha Shetty at length. Read it here.
January 21, 2016
FVAP is very pleased to announce an important victory in an international child abduction case under the Hague Convention, Noergaard v. Noergaard. This case is the first of its kind in California to hold that, where it is alleged that the child faces a "grave risk" of harm if returned to the home country, there must be a fair hearing where the trial court considers any relevant evidence about abuse. The Court of Appeal held that, where there is evidence that the status quo in the home country was abusive, speedy return of the child to that country is not the goal in California. Thanks to O'Melveny & Myers for co-counseling this case! In addition to submitting an amicus curae brief and presenting oral argument in this case, FVAP successfully obtained publication of the appellate court's decision. Read it here.
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