FVAP attorneys will lead all-day trainings in 5 CA cities starting March 27 as part of Cal OES mandatory annual training series, sponsored by the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence. This traveling training series will review important legal issues surrounding confidentiality and mandated reporting, and is mandatory and free for all CA agencies and organizations that receive Domestic Violence Assistance funding (DV) from Cal OES (the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services). Read More
Our attorneys are ready and eager to listen, learn, and brainstorm creative solutions to problems survivors face statewide at The CA Partnership to End Domestic Violence’s annual Shifting the Lens conference today and tomorrow.Read More
Today the CA Third District Court of Appeal (Sacramento) granted our request for publication of an appellate decision that will help domestic violence survivors and their children statewide. Rybolt v. Riley sets legal precedent on 2 important issues concerning Domestic Violence Restraining Orders (DVROs)Read More
Today Clearinghouse Community, an online magazine from the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, published an article by FVAP Senior Attorney Shuray Ghorishi, “How Battered Immigrants Can Obtain Economic Stability in Court,” which tells the story of one of our beloved clients and how FVAP was able to empower her to get the justice and financial stability she deserved. “Every day Allison* had to choose: stay and risk her safety and well-being, or leave and risk extreme poverty—even homelessness.” Click here to read her inspiring story.
*name changed for privacy
We’re thrilled to share our new website, which was designed and created thanks to a service grant from the Taproot Foundation. Check out our new Cases You Can Use resource, and the new and improved Legal Resource Library, home to FVAP’s self-help legal tools (tip sheets, tool kits, template court documents) and on-demand training videos. These resources are free for all California domestic abuse survivors, their pro bono attorneys, and advocates/service providers across the state, including CPEDV and LAAC members. Thanks to Taproot for partnering with us to create a new website that will reach and help domestic violence survivors across California, especially our pro bono team: Mike Long, Pat Mohan, Liz Reeser, Angie Marioni, and Andrew Mahoney.
Our latest successful appeal makes it easier for domestic violence survivors to renew restraining orders. Priscila N. v. Leonardo G. extends the protections of FVAP’s Nov. 15 legal victory (Garcia v. Escobar), by clarifying for the first time that California family courts can renew restraining orders issued by juvenile courts. Many thanks to our co-counsel in this important case, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, especially arguing attorney Joanna McCallum. Thanks also to California Women’s Law Center and Pepper Hamilton LLP for submitting a compelling amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief about the legislative issues and implications. Read More