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Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project

 If you are in an abusive relationship and in need of

immediate services--safety planning, link to counseling

and/or shelter services--please call the National

Domestic Violence Hotline at

1-800-799-SAFE (7233).


Despite numerous legislative and policy reforms designed to protect victims of domestic violence, many courts fail domestic violence survivors and children who seek protection in court. Appellate review has been very successful in correcting trial court errors that put families in danger.

However, victims of domestic violence are rarely able to access the appellate courts since appeals are very expensive and few lawyers possess the combination of an understanding of domestic violence and the necessary appellate expertise. 

The Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appels Project (DV LEAP) was founded in 2003 to fill this void in advocacy for victims of abuse. DV LEAP provides appeals at no cost to domestic violence survivors by partnering with the top law firms in the country to vet, place and file appeals or amicus briefs in appellate court cases. We also provide training and strategic assistance for lawyers, psychologists and judges. If you would like to support DV LEAP, please fill out the giving form at the bottom of this page. 


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