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.
Oct. 19, 2016
The results of FVAP’s 2016 statewide survey of domestic violence service providers are here. More on the survey report and the launch of our Central Valley Project in our October newsletter. 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.
Aug. 12, 2016
Check out our August newsletter! In this issue: FVAP releases first Annual Report; Expanding protection for survivors & children: FVAP case broadens scope of CA restraining orders; Leading the campaign for verbatim court records; Supreme Court round-up: How decisions affect survivors nationwide; and more. Read it here.
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.
May 12, 2016
Catch up on the latest in FVAP’s May newsletter. This issue includes information on our 4th annual battle-of-the-bands fundraiser, and Legal Director Nancy K.D. Lemon’s recent award from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ Northern California chapter. Read it here.
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.