The following published appellate decisions can be used to support your case in any California trial court. When an appellate decision is published, it becomes binding case law statewide. These cases set legal precedent that is meant to help survivors of domestic violence.
The below cases are appellate legal victories FVAP has achieved on behalf of California survivors of domestic violence since our founding in 2012. To date, we have won 74% of the affirmative appeals we have brought to court on behalf of domestic abuse survivors, far above the statewide average appellate success rate of 20%. We’ve also won 100% of the cases we have defended on appeal. Our overall success rate is 81%.
Please note: This is not a comprehensive list of all California domestic violence-related case law. Rather, it is a list of FVAP’s published cases since 2012. Laws often change. Reviewing this list is not a suitable substitute for legal research specific to your case. Additional legal research should be done before citing any case law in trial court. While a decision below may be used to support your (or your client’s) case in court, it may not be the best decision to use in your particular case, and/or there may be additional cases that you should cite. This list does not constitute legal advice, and does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and FVAP.
If you would like to access FVAP’s complete case annotated DV laws compendium, click here.
View All Cases (alphabetically)
Renewing Restraining Orders
Right to Have a Record/Court Reporters
Spousal Support & Other Financial Support
Visit our Legal Resource Library to view our Case Annotated Compendium to see all the cases that explain or talk about domestic violence.
By California Statutes
(for instance the Family Code, Penal Code, and Welfare and Institutions Code)
Visit our Legal Resource Library to view our DV Laws Compendium which lists all laws regarding domestic violence
FVAP also signs onto amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs in cases of statewide importance. View a list of amicus briefs we have signed onto here. Lastly, you can also find a list of Unpublished Cases. These are additional FVAP legal victories that were not published by the Court of Appeal. They cannot be cited in trial court.