Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project

SAFETY ALERT:  Abusers can monitor your computer use by accessing your Internet history, or by use of a program that logs your every keystroke and is almost impossible for the user to notice on their computer.  If you are in danger, please use a safer computer that your abuser cannot access, or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE.   There is always a computer trail, but you can leave this site quickly.




Strong Brew is Here!

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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.     







DV LEAP celebrated its 10th anniversary on  Thursday, November 7 at McDermott Will & Emery with special guest Robin Givens. We would like to thank everyone who made the evening such a wonderful success.  Please click here to see a list of celebrity leads and stars who made this evening so special with their strong support for DV LEAP.  Click here to see the biographies of the evenings awardees.  

To view and download pictures from the event, please click here.





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