Places that Help: Federal
Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP)
DV LEAP represents domestic violence survivors from any state in selected cases requiring an appeal or to defend against an appeal. They consider all kinds of DV-related appeals, including civil protection order issues, family law (custody, divorce, property, etc.) Hague Convention issues, and criminal issues (e.g., self-defense, admissibility of expert testimony, etc.). They sometimes provide friend-of-the-court (amicus) briefs in appeals if the party already has a lawyer. To request help, go here: https://www.dvleap.org/application
Family Violence Appellate Project ("FVAP")
1814 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA 94612
FOR CALIFORNIA CASES ONLY: FVAP appeals California family law, civil, guardianship, and Hague Convention cases on behalf of survivors of domestic violence. We prioritize cases in which children are placed in dangerous situations by court orders regarding custody or unsupervised visitation. We will work with survivors of abuse who are either appellants or respondents and where the survivor does not have the funds to hire an appellate attorney. Please note that the order to be appealed must be less than 60 days old and we do not handle criminal or juvenile dependency cases.
NYLAG’s Domestic Violence Appellate Representation Project
7 Hanover Square
New York, NY 10004
FOR NYC RESIDENTS ONLY: New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) has an Domestic Violence Appellate Representation Project, which specializes in family law appeals on behalf of domestic violence victims and their children in NYC. Please note that referrals are preferred to come through a legal or social service agency.
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