BREAKING: On Monday, Feb. 8, FVAP will testify before the Commission on the Future of California’s Court System about the need for verbatim court records of domestic violence cases. More than half of California's counties do not provide court reporters, and without verbatim court records, survivors are often unable to appeal trial court decisions that put them and their children in danger. Live audio streaming of our public comment will available Monday morning. Click here to listen live.
FVAP is the only nonprofit organization in California dedicated to appealing cases on behalf of domestic violence survivors. 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
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 in this case 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.
January 15, 2016
We are thrilled to announce the newest addition to our
Board of Directors, Allan Marks, who joins us from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, where he is a Partner at their Los Angeles offices. Please read more about Allan's career, service, and accomplishments here. We are also very pleased to announce the election of our new Board Chair/President Drew Davis (Partner at Folger Levin) and new Board Vice President Stacey Wexler (Legal Director at Google Inc.) FVAP is very grateful for the dedicated service of immediate former Board Chair/President Caroline Mitchell (Partner at Jones Day), and of former Board member Pamela Ostroff.
January 11, 2016
In our 2 latest legal victories, we successfully appealed cases that denied our clients, domestic abuse survivors, the protection of restraining orders, in part because the future abuse they feared was not physical. We successfully argued that non-physical abuse, including controlling behavior,
is indeed abuse, resulting in protective orders being issued
to one client and renewed for the other.
Read about both cases here.
January 8, 2016
On behalf of itself and 20 local, state, and national legal aid and domestic violence organizations, today FVAP submitted
a letter to the Commission on the Future of California’s Court System, which was convened by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, about the serious due process and access-to-justice issues presented for low-income survivors of domestic violence when court reporters are not provided in trial courts – which they are not in a majority of California’s 58 counties. To read the letter and learn more about this problem, click here.
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