We’re in oral argument June 22 representing a survivor of domestic violence who was granted a five-year extension of her restraining order. Her abuser is appealing the extension arguing that the trial court made mistakes before arriving at their decision to extend the order. FVAP and our client believe the trial court was correct in their decision to extend the restraining order, and we will be arguing that in court on our survivor client’s behalf.
This Saturday, June 19 is Juneteenth.
Over the years, Juneteenth has become a time of celebration for the African American community to commemorate freedom and come together.
Learn more about Juneteenth at www.Juneteenth.com.
FVAP Advisory Board member, Professor Mindy Mechanic, and Staff Attorney, Cory Hernandez, will be presenting a training on June 3 called Domestic Abuse is More than Physical Violence: Examining the Role of Coercive Control. This training will focus on recently enacted Senate Bill 1141, which clarified the definition of “domestic violence” for getting a restraining order and for deciding child custody matters. Now the definition expressly includes coercive control as a form of domestic violence, which further clarifies how
nonphysical forms of harm can constitute abuse under the law.
Please note this training is not open to the public, and any court staff interested in attending should speak with their supervisors.
FVAP is honored to have been asked by the Judicial Council to train court staff.
Check out FVAP’s May 2021 newsletter! See the lineup below.
- Legal Victory: California Supreme Court Reverses Decision to Release Investigative Report Involving Child Abuse
- FVAP Client Victory: Our Client Obtained in Settlement What She Asked for in Her Appeal
- FVAP to Train Court Staff
- FVAP Case: Court Agrees with Our Proposed Legal Standard
- Congratulations to FVAP’s Legal Director
- Save the Date: October 21, 2021 for Banding Together to End Domestic Violence
In an interview last week, FVAP’s Legal Director Nancy K.D. Lemon shared with KQED reporters why former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ restrictions on asylum for survivors of domestic violence threaten women’s rights. In 2018, Sessions refused to provide asylum to a survivor of domestic violence from El Salvador who had been abused by her ex-husband for over a decade, deciding that domestic violence is a private or personal crime and not a qualifying reason for asylum. However, violence against women is a deep-rooted societal problem that demands government intervention, and it’s common for survivors to come to the U.S. seeking refuge from abuse because law enforcement in their home country would not provide help. In fact, FVAP is currently representing a survivor of domestic violence who faced this same barrier to safety before coming to the U.S. We are hopeful that the new administration will loosen the current restrictions so that survivors fleeing abuse can get the safety and justice they deserve. Read more in KQED’s article here.
About Family Violence Appellate Project
Family Violence Appellate Project (FVAP) is the only organization in California dedicated to appealing cases on behalf of survivors of domestic violence and other forms of intimate partner, family, and gender-based abuse. We are committed to social justice and are dedicated to shaping California law to prioritize the safety of survivors and their children by representing clients in the California Courts of Appeal, submitting amicus curiae briefs in cases of statewide importance, monitoring unpublished cases daily and requesting publication of important appellate cases, and engaging in legislative and systems change advocacy efforts. We are also committed to supporting the statewide network of advocates for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and legal aid service providers, by providing trainings, technical assistance, and written informational materials, and by facilitating information exchange among statewide stakeholders supporting survivors.
Since its inception in 2018, FVAP’s Housing and Employment Justice Program has expanded FVAP’s practice area by providing its services, trainings and resources to advocates and attorneys helping survivors with housing and employment issues, representing survivors in housing appeals, and engaging in policy and legislative advocacy to increase survivors’ access to safe housing and employment. If you are interested in being part of this exciting social justice movement and resource for domestic violence survivors and advocates across California, this is the place for you! You can learn more at www.fvaplaw.org.