Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project

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Strong Brew is a Success for DV LEAP!




On Thursday, October 30th we celebrated our accomplishments and efforts on behalf of survivors of domestic violence and their children. 

We saluted 3 strong allies: Eileen King; The George Washington University Law School; and Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP.
We—and our 100 guests--enjoyed the craft beers of Capitol City Brewing Company, DC Brau Brewing Company, Denizens Brewing Co., and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.
After  the celebrations, the work continues to ensure more just outcomes for survivors and their children.  Please make your gift today so that you can be part of the strong brew that leads to change.







This article, written by DV LEAP's Legal Director Joan Meier, is a must read about whether abused children's statements to adults reporting their own abuse can be heard in court.




Joan Meier Speaks Out About Ray Rice and the NFL. Follow the links below to read more!!

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NBC News . September 10, 2014
Joan Meier is quoted about the media’s treatment of the Ray Rice domestic abuse story. 

The New Republic . September 02, 2014
Joan Meier is quoted about the NFL’s new domestic violence rules. 

Time . August 28, 2014
Joan Meier is quoted about the NFL instituting harsher penalties for domestic abuse. 





Dawn Dalton Joins DV LEAP as New Executive Director!

DV LEAP is excited to announce that we have brought on a new Executive Director to expand the capacity of the organization, while our Founding Director, Joan Meier, assumes the role of Legal Director.  You can read more about this transition here as well as learn about some of Ms. Dalton's most recent work here.     








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