In The News
Sept. 8, 2017
A Bloomberg BNA Family Law Reporter article "Man Ducks Alimony But Can't Escape Federal Support Duty" discusses FVAP's latest appellate legal victory, In re Marriage of Kumar. This decision ensures the rights of CA sponsored immigrants who are brought to the U.S. by a spouse or loved one, and is an important win for immigrants across California who may be unable to leave abusive relationships because they are trapped by their financial situation or limited income options. Read the article here.
Sept. 1, 2017
Our latest legal victory (with Bay Area Legal Aid) is California Family Law Report's Case of the Month for September 2017. In the first ever ruling of this kind in California, In re Marriage of 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 an important win for immigrants across California who may be unable to leave abusive relationships because they are trapped by their financial situation or limited income options. Read the article 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 influential amicus brief.
July 13, 2017
FVAP Executive Director Erin Smith was interviewed live on ABC7 News in Los Angeles today, discussing FVAP's mission and annual attorney battle-of-the-bands fundraiser, "Banding Together to End Domestic Violence." Watch a recording of the interview 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 23, 2017
FVAP is mentioned in today's Mercury News, in the column "Why California should boost legal aid funding," co-authored by Legal Aid Association of California Executive Director Salena Copeland and California State Senator Bob Wieckowski. The article highlights FVAP's legacy of setting binding legal precedent through published opinions that have helped thousands of domestic violence survivors statewide, and recognizes the dire importance of California's legal aid nonprofits.
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," summarizes the results of FVAP's 2016 landmark statewide survey of domestic violence service providers regarding the most pressing challenges survivors face in CA civil courts, and highlights the need for judicial education in this very important area of the law. Read the article here.
December 1, 2016
FVAP Executive Director Erin Smith, along with former law clerks Cory Hernandez and Helen Wang, wrote an article for the December 2016 edition of Family Law News, published by the State Bar of California. The article, “Recent Developments in California Domestic Violence Case Law,” describes particularly notable developments in the areas of domestic violence restraining order renewals, non-physical abuse being a recognized form of abuse, and a parent’s role in protecting children from abuse. Read it here.
August 30, 2016
FVAP's latest win was featured in Bloomberg BNA's Family Law Reporter, in an article titled "'Just Friends' Claim Doesn't Preclude Protective Order." This case (Phillips v. Campbell) sets pivotal legal precedent for CA survivors seeking restraining orders against their abusers, even if the relationship in question does not fit traditional, narrow definitions of a “dating.” Click here to read the article. Thanks to the 21 legal aid and domestic violence agencies who joined FVAP in requesting the publication of this case.
July 13, 2016
A July 13 San Francisco Chronicle article entitled “California court widens scope of restraining orders” highlights FVAP’s latest legal victory (de la Luz Perez v. Torres-Hernandez), which has profound implications for California domestic violence law, and will greatly help survivors throughout the state who seek the protection of restraining orders for themselves and their children. Click here to read the article.
In this case, the Court of Appeal’s opinion holds, for the first time, that evidence of child abuse is relevant when deciding whether to include the children as additional protected parties on a protective order. The concurring opinion does an excellent job of summarizing copious social science literature on the overlap between child abuse and intimate partner abuse, and affirms that an attack on the children is an attack on the non-abusive parent, too. FVAP was quickly able to get this case published, so trial attorneys throughout the state can now rely on it to help countless abusive survivors and children gain protection.
Thanks to our co-counsel on this case, Bay Area Legal Aid and Folger Levin LLP.
January 27, 2016
Today Bloomberg BNA published an article about FVAP’s international child abduction case, Noergaard v. Noergaard, which quotes FVAP Advisory Board member Sudha Shetty at length. Read the article here.
FVAP is proud to be featured in the Family Law News, a publication of the State Bar of California's Family Law Section, with an article penned by our very own intern Olivia Porter and Legal Director Nancy Lemon, about recent developments in domestic violence case law. It's a must-read for California attorneys and advocates. Find it here.
March 2, 2015
Watch this 9th Circuit Oral Argument in case where FVAP filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief. Find the recording here. (A.L.C. and E.R.S.C.) Mother appeals the district court's order granting Father's petition under the Hague Convention for the return of two children from the United States to Sweden. The issue presented in our brief is whether coerced relocation of one parent, as part of a pattern of abuse and isolation, can provide the children with a new habitual residence.
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.
July 11, 2014
American Lawyer publishes an article about FVAP's epic event, Battle of the Bands Los Angeles, which together with our San Francisco event raised $217,000 to support survivors of domestic violence and their children.
July 8, 2014
Proskauer Rose issues a press release about FVAP's Battle of the Bands Los Angeles.
June 7, 2013
UC Berkeley Law publishes a terrific article about FVAP's Battle of the Bands Event: Banding Together to End Domestic Violence, June 13th in San Francisco.
January 2, 2013
California Lawyer published an article on FVAP quoting Cherri Allison, Executive Director of the Alameda County Family Justice Center and FVAP Advisory Board Member. Click here to read more.
May 16, 2012
At a reception celebrating FVAP's launch, Dean Christopher Edley of Berkeley Law says that "the niche in social advocacy that we can build upon here is huge." Click here to read more.
April 12, 2012
FVAP's CEO, Erin Smith, wins a habeas case for a battered woman imprisoned for more than 27 years. Click here to read more.
Jan. 2018: FVAP finishes 2017 strong with another Legal Victory
Nov. 2017: Domestic Violence, Mass Shootings, & the Murders that Go Unseen
Oct. 2017: DV in Communities Experiencing Multiple Oppressions
Sept. 2017: Legal Victories with Our Pro Bono Partners
Aug 2017: Legal Victory for Immigrant Abuse Survivors
July 2017: New Legal Resources from FVAP: Free Online Tip Sheets + Toolkits
May 2017: FVAP turns 5 and 1,000
April 2017: FVAP urges CA Supreme Court to protect immigrant children
February 2017: Introducing FVAP's newest team members
January 2017: FVAP launches on-demand training video portal
October 2016: The top legal problems for CA abuse survivors
August 2016: FVAP case broadens scope of CA restraining orders
May 2016: Don't miss our Battle of the Bands
April 2016: Rock ‘n Roll and 59 Ways to End Domestic Violence
February 2016: FVAP leaps into 2016
November 2015: FVAP gears up for 3 big cases, celebrates another win
October 2015: FVAP Comes to Southern California
September 2015: FVAP's Latest Success
May 2015: Our first published case of 2015 will make an important difference
April 2015: Join FVAP in honoring your Feminist Mentors
March 2015: FVAP's 2015 is off to a great start
December 2014: Support FVAP This Holiday Season
October 2014: FVAP Welcomes DV Awareness Month
August 2014: FVAP Goes Undefeated This Summer
June 2014: Don't Miss All the Fun
April 2014: Celebrate Mothers with FVAP
April 2014: FVAP's Victories in Court
November 2013: This Thanksgiving, We Are Thankful for You
October 2013: From Coffee Shop to Courthouse Steps
June 2013: 892 tickets sold; $88,000 raised so far; epic battle awaits
May 2013: Appeals, Awards, and Rock'n'Roll
February 2013: Check out FVAP's first e-newsletter of the year! Off to a flying start!
December 2012: An update on our progress