Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project

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Click here to read DV LEAP's Legal Director's most recent piece published in the San Francisco Daily Journal!



Prosecuting Child Abusers Just Got Easier

By Joan Meier



2nd Annual Strong Brew was an Amazing Success!


On Wednesday, June 10th DV LEAP held our 2nd annual Strong Brew event at the brand new Penthouse Pool & Lounge at The Yards. This year, we were happy to welcome 200 guests to the Navy Yard pool deck where they were able to enjoy beverages from Capitol City Brewing Company, Cervantes Coffee, Denizens Brewing Co., Devils Backbone Brewing Company​Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, Mad Fox Brewing Co​mpany, and Misha's Coffeehouse and Roaster​.

After the celebration, the work here at DV LEAP has continued in order to ensure more just outcomes for survivors and their children. If you weren't able to participate, you can still be part of the Strong Brew that helps lead to change by clicking here and making your gift today!







Another Great Win for DV LEAP! 

We are thrilled to share a major victory in the DC Court of Appeals concerning the rights of unrelated sexual assault victims to adequate civil protection orders, including an order to the perpetrator to vacate his own apartment where doing so is necessary to effectuate a meaningful stay-away order.  DV LEAP is grateful to Cleary Gottlieb for its superb work on our amicus brief in the case; and to Skadden Arps for their topnotch representation of the victim.




 Can You Go to Jail for Writing Threatening Rap Lyrics on Facebook? 

DV LEAP's Legal Director Joan Meier has written an amicus brief on one of this year's most controversial and talked about cases Elonis v. United States. To read more click here.



DV LEAP Legal Director Joan Meier was interviewed by CBS News regarding threats presented in the Elonis v. United States case. Follow the link below to listen to the entire segment.





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