Family Violence Appellate Project
FVAP is transforming the power of the civil legal system and leveling the playing field for survivors of domestic violence. In many cases, survivors have also suffered financial abuse and cannot afford to appeal a trial court decision that puts them or their children in danger. At FVAP, we believe justice should be available to everyone, not just those who can afford it. We partner with pro bono attorneys from California’s top law firms and corporate legal teams to provide free, high-quality legal representation to survivors, giving them the best possible chance at success in their appeal. We win 74% of the affirmative appeals we bring to court on behalf of CA survivors — far above the statewide average of 20% — and 100% of appeals we defend.
Ultimately, our goal is to break the intergenerational cycle of trauma and abuse. Children who experience the trauma of domestic violence are more likely to continue the cycle of abuse when they grow up. By making sure all California kids have the chance to grow up in safe, healthy homes, we’re building a better future for the next generation.