July 16, 2019

Collective Memo of Concern to: WHO about "Parental Alienation"

The World Health Organization is considering the addition of “parental alienation” (PA) as a “caregiver-child relationship problem” in ICD-11, the International Classification of Diseases 11th Revision.

Currently, PA is a theory courts accept. Under this theory, abusive parents tend to be granted more lenient access. DV LEAP for many years has been arguing that PA lacks scientific support and has been thoroughly discredited. Additionally, PA in custody litigation causes significant harm to children rather than helping them.

DV LEAP a long with 339 experts and professional organizations have signed onto this memo which requests the removal of all references to “parental alienation” and related concepts in ICD-11.

Read more about this and the memo here:

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August 23, 2019

Important: Founder and Legal Director Joan Meier Stepping Down

With gratitude and honor, we announce that, as of September 1, 2019, and after 16 years of leadership at DV LEAP, Joan Meier will be stepping down.
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July 16, 2019

DV LEAP And 16 Other Non-Profits File A Groundbreaking Brief!

With the help of Freshfields attorneys, DV LEAP along with 16 other non-profits were able to file a groundbreaking brief with the NY Court of Appeals.
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